Solemn opening of the exhibition „Kurdistan. Images of Existence”

On November 25, 2022 in District Museum in Bydgoszcz was held a solemn opening of the biggest exhibition of modern Kurdish art in the world: “Kurdistan. Images of Existence”.

Vernissage was attended by prominent guests: KRG minister of culture Mohammad Said Ali, president of Bydgoszcz Rafał Bruski and deputy marshal of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region Zbigniew Ostrowski. There were also present representatives of Kurdish diaspora in Poland, Kurdish journalists and most of all- the audience interested in Kurdish art. In total, several hundred people were present at the opening


Apart from KRG minister of culture, president and deputy marshal, also KRG Representative Ziyad Raoof and director of Museum in Bydgoszcz Wacław Kuczma spoke at the vernissage. They invited the audience to attend feature events of the exhibition: movie screenings, concerts and seminars. The exhibition “Kurdistan. Images of Existence” will be opened in District Museum of Bydgoszcz until March 31, 2023.


It is the largest exhibition of contemporary Kurdish art not only in Poland, but in Europe and around the world. Works of several dozen artists are presented – from all parts of Kurdistan, but also living on emigration in different parts of the world. They include both the most popular artists of contemporary art and masters from the 1960s and 1970s who are mentors and inspirers of the current generation of artists.


The exhibition is multidisciplinary – there are paintings, graphics, photography, video art and performance art. An important element of the exhibition are the accompanying events: film screenings, photo exhibitions, concerts and seminars with the participation of Polish Kurdologists and experts on Kurdish issues.


The main ideas behind the exhibition are: “What does it mean to be a Kurdish” and how the Kurds created identity-saving culture.



The exhibition is under the patronage of Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in Poland, organized with support of the Chancellery of the President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani and with assistance of KRG Department of Foreign Relation.


List of artists presented at the exhibition:

Ahmad Nabaz, Arya Atti, Azad Karim Mohammed, Azad Karim, Azad Nanakeli, Bahram Hajou, Baldin Ahmad, Baris Sayitwan, Bayan Jaf, Cheeman Ismael, Dara Muhammad Ali, Ebrahim Alipoor, Eskander Osman, Faek Rasul, Fuad Aziz, Havin Al-Sindy, Ismail Khayat, Jalal Raouf, Jamal Penjweny, Khaery Adam, Malva (Omar Hamdi), Mohamed Arif, Morazo Jajan, Namo (Mohammad Rostamzadeh), Nimat Shahab Kawani, Norrem (Issam Hamdi), Osman Ahmed, Poshya Kakil Ahmed, Rostam Aghala, Rushdi Anwar, Sakar Sleeman, Shukr Saeed, Suleiman Shaker, Tania Raschied, Walid Siti, Younes Mohammed, Yousif Salih, Zehra Dogan