The Dark East—vernissage of the exhibition of Kurdish artist about hard times in the Middle East

A vernissage of “the Dark East” exhibition by Kurdish artist Ahmad Nabaz took place in Krakow. KRG Representation in Poland and International Cultural Centre in Kraków were organizers of the event. Among many guests who attended the vernissage were representatives of the diplomatic corps, universities (including the dean of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the Jagiellonian University and the Vice Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts), journalists, representatives of the world of science and culture. At the opening of the exhibition Ahmad Nabaz, Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik (Head of International Cultural Center) and Ziyad Raoof took the voice.

KRG Representative in his speech mainly referred to the situation in Syria. He noted that the tragic events that are currently taking place in Syria only confirm the pessimism visible in Ahmad Nabaz’ paintings about the condition of the Middle East and enormity of misery that primarily affects innocent and vulnerable women and children. Ziyad Raoof thanked guests for coming saying that he receives it as expression of solidarity with Kurdish nation. He appealed for international support for Kurds and humanitarian aid for thousands of people who must leave their homes.

The Dark East exhibition consists of twenty-four paintings and video materials created in the years 2014-2019. The works of Ahmad Nabaz are dominated by black and gray colors, with additional shades of red. These colors are supposed to symbolize the anxiety-ridden vision of the region’s future, the enslavement of women, the suffering of children and the pervasive violence.  The sorrowful work of Ahmad Nabaz also reflects the tragedies that fell on the entire Kurdish nation in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibition met with great acclaim of Polish art critics. Ahmad Nabaz’ works will be presented in Krakow till November 3, 2019.