I’m Kurdish from Northern Iraq, living in the UK since 2004. Currently studying Fine Art Foundation at UWE. I am an artist who is really into sculpture. Identity and displacement have inspired me to create pieces of sculpture.
About the project:
This work was inspired by my research about the migrant, the idea of a place replacing another as somebody moves from one place to another. Identity and displacement were the subjects.
In last year’s BRAC-UWE Collaboration Project I participated as an artist member of BRAC, and in this year’s project I can work both as a member and a foundation student. In both ways I am working with refugees, people who are forced to leave their own homes, their own cultures, fearing for their safety, as thousands of families flee their homelands, to seek a safer place. This movement and beyond is a source of my story.
The story behind this project is about identity and I'm Kurdish from a nation that is divided into four parts, “South”, “North”, “East” and “West”. It is a nation that has own language, culture, flag but no country yet. Those questions about who I am, why I migrated and what it means to have no country, impacted on my project theoretically and practically. I saw the reflection of my question appearing from this work, a texture and materials influencing each other. Myself as a migrant, working alongside other immigrant artists hugely inspired me.