“An individual without a national personality is a lost soul or a Non-Person” – a quote that has facilitated my desire to unpack the Non-Person within us and thus initiated my exploration of concepts of identity and nationalism. Growing up with no familiar marks to point to, as part of the Kurdish diaspora, I often found myself detaching from, then yearning for, this culture to which I belong. This irresolution born from an identity that has no home or physical presence is the foundation to my current investigation.
Throughout history, the Kurds have been excluded, sidelined or outright had their existence denied. My recent work demonstrates these narratives from an upbringing filled with stories of war, displacement and migration. The amalgamation of these subjects unfolds the fluidity of the Kurdish identity that is depicted through the interaction of human presence within its culture, land, or circumstances. These complexities intertwine through figuration and abstraction; where I commemorate the strides for liberation, the bond to our heritage and the homage for our homeland. Within the representation comes the emergence of a sacred fruit - the pomegranate (Hanar - هەنار). Its presence in my paintings acts as a signifier to our culture and a personal depiction to my upbringing where the name was bestowed onto me. The journey of unearthing of the Non-Person within me begins with my art, where I narrate my story by depicting myself as The Hanar.
Drawings play a crucial role in my painting practice. They are my way of experimenting with colors, compositions and various ideas. This experimentation guides the way for the larger works. Exploring different ways to communicate the figures in a way that expresses my theme is the most essential exercise in my work.
Throughout the process of developing my own artistic language, I've had the opportunity to produce artworks for multiple projects throughout the UAE, including people's homes. This journey has allowed me to experiment with a vast range of styles and to collaborate with clients on a combined vision. These works have been requested as custom orders and are mostly sold pieces.