Rushdi Anwar shares his practice, particularly his project ‘We have found in the ashes what we have lost in the fire’ 2018, a sculptural installation resulting from a 2016 visit to the town of Bashiqa in the disputed territory between the ‘Kurdish Regional’ and Iraqi governments.
Anwar recounts his visit to the main Christian Church in Bashiqa (whose residents are Kurdish Yazidi and Shabak, Assyrian, and Arab Muslim), which was destroyed, bombed and looted by the Islamic State (ISIS). What he found in its remains lies central to this work, his photographic memories burned and fused as carefully framed windows, this all relating to his life-long research into the plight of his people, a Kurdish community seeking sovereignty for centuries in the complex affairs of the Middle East.
Anwar’s practice explores social inequity through an investigation of form, material vocabulary and processes of making, elucidating a desire to care, pay attention and even seek redemption through art.
*Image caption: Rushdi Anwar. ‘We have found in the ashes what we have lost in the fire’ (detail) 2018. Photographic prints on paper; wood, plaster, cement, earth and mixed media. Dimensions variable
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