Category Archive: Art and Literature

Apr 14

Profile of an Artist: Hiwa K

Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K was born in Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) in 1975. His early studies focussed on European literature and philosophy, learnt from available books translated into Arabic. Emigrating to Germany 20 years ago, Hiwa K quickly found that 14 years of his work, influenced by the study of European Modernism and Socialist Realism, carried an …

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Apr 02

The Portrait of an Imprisoned Artist: Defending Zehra Doğan & Artist Expression

It is an artist’s responsibility to expose and unveil hidden truths. The artist must comment on, criticise, raise questions and above all, take risks that challenge norms, deconstruct societal structures, and ignite debates. These are essential to the artistic agenda. When an artist’s work, however, depicts a conflict of interest in a regressive and stifling …

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Mar 26

Book launch for Bakhtiyar Ali in London

In the evening of 12th of March 2017, Culture Project and Periscope Books co-hosted an event to launch the first ever Kurdish novel translated into and published in English. The event was hosted in Hampstead’s elegant Burgh House, packed with people who are passionate about Kurdish literature and poetry. The event commenced with a welcome …

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Mar 25

The Front Door of War

By Zhawen Shali   The girls of my village Were sizzling the sunflower seeds Because of the disappearance of the sun They were taking empty pots to the spring water And narrating the decisiveness of water to the water And used to get back with a handful of shy kisses They pass the entire spring …

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Feb 25

Book launch and reception for renowned Kurdish novelist Bakhtiyar Ali

Periscope Books and Kurdish Culture Project are pleased to invite you to an evening honouring Bakhtiyar Ali, the foremost Kurdish novelist whose epic I Stared at the Night of the City was published in the autumn. The first major work of contemporary Kurdish literature to be translated into English, I Stared at the Night of the City is a …

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Feb 24

The Politics of Composition in a Context of the Destruction of Experience

Non-place Manifesto By: Dr.  Massoud Binandeh Sine, November, 2016. Human beings have thrown into the world, and this thrownness has directed our life towards discovering the residence of language and the rootlessness of discourse, discourse that has demarcated our life as linguistically-defined. No conflict with this definition has arisen and there is no zero-point where …

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Feb 15

Love

(Love)  poem by Nazand Begikhani    Two solitudes walk by Two solitudes look at each other Two solitudes smile at each other Two solitudes sit together Two solitudes talk Two solitudes touch each other Two solitudes cuddle each other Two solitudes merge Become unity Become love    

Feb 15

In Memory of Shirko Bikes

By Dr. Kamal Solayemani August 5th, 2013   Tonight in my journey In my past, In my memory, In my words, In every word, roars, in our collective cries, I saw you Alive, undying and eternal As I was roaming On the mountain top Flying over Qandil, Pire Magroon, Sipan I saw you, I saw …

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Feb 08

Reflection of Silence

Arts Canteen presents: Reflection of Silence An evening that will transport the audience into a unique musical realm, where the mournful tones of the Kamanchah and the ethereal strings of the Harp are joined by the earthy rhythms of the Indian Tabla. Adib Rostami: Kamanchah Tara Jaff: Harp Sirishkumar Manji: Tabla Tickets: £12 & £15, …

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Jan 29

In celebration of the birth of January 21, 2017

By Kamal Soleimani   A candle! Twinkling in the darkest night, Stands the burning cold, Enlightens Boosts the warmth of being Defying the darkening night A night, Has marshaled its forces, Against the tiniest remaining light *** The night, Still can’t hide, Its fear and fright of a candle light It is a threat to …

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Jan 27

Sahira Ismail gives artistic meaning to women’s domestic craft

On the 27th of August 2016 an exhibition by artist Sahira Ismail entitled ‘a house made of Rags’ was launched. Hosted at the museum of Sulaymania, the exhibition contained fourteen unique abstract works of art typically collage in form and made of different materials such as fabric, synthetic fibre, nails and other types of metal. …

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Jan 23

Prominent Kurdish Artist Osman Ahmed’s profile

15th of January 2017 was not an ordinary day in the city of Sulaymania, Iraqi Kurdistan. This day was special because an extraordinary work of art was installed on a public wall. The work of art, installed on the main wall in Reaya hill, created by renowned Kurdish artist Dr Osman Ahmed, thematised both the …

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Jan 23

Argue, Object and Place

Between 7th and 11th of January 2017, works by three artists were exhibited in a tumbledown house opposite the Red Security prison in the city of Sulaymani, Kurdistan. The exhibition contained works of art by Naz Hakim, Zamowa Dara-Agha and Yousif Salih, while poet and writer Ramyar Mahmood introduced the event. In his introduction to …

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Jan 23

Poetry reading and book signing for Dastan Barzan

Wafaye House, in Hawler, Kurdistan, hosted an evening event on the 13th of January 2017 for the poet, writer and member of Culture Project, Dastan Barzan. Born in the city of Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, Dastan is noted for his various published works of poetry, such as  If I have you; A scattered subject; I am fallen …

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Dec 28

Self-writing on art, womanhood, being the “other” here and there

Avan Omar My career as an artist began once I started drawing, and I soon came to understand the importance of my being metamorphosing into some form of physical act. However, working within the confines of my own art atelier in my home, with brush and paint and having my work exhibited every now and …

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Dec 23

The House on Mango Street as a Revisionist Text

Bakhtiar Rasheed American novelist and academic Alison Lurie (1926- ) brought fairy tales and their gender implications into the social foreground in the early 1970s. Lurie believes the female characters in fairy tales are quintessentially strong and, moreover, they can be role models for women’s liberation. This view provoked Marcia R. Lieberman to retort in …

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