Under the sponsorship of the Cultural and Art Movement in North and East Syria, the Golden Crescent Movement, the Civil Diplomacy Center, and the Cultural Authority, in cooperation with the Representation of the Autonomous Administration in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and with the organization of the “7 Colors” exhibition under the theme “Echoes of Diversity,” a joint art exhibition was opened in Sulaymaniyah City, featuring female artists from the regions of North and East Syria and Southern Kurdistan.
Thirteen female plastic artists participated in the exhibition, representing various areas such as Qamishlo, Afrin, Kobani, Serekaniye, Raqqa, in addition to five artists from Sulaymaniyah, Rania, and Halabja. The exhibition showcased numerous artworks reflecting themes related to women, nature, the pains of war, and displacement.
The exhibition was inaugurated by the artist cimen Ismail, in the presence of Sulaymaniyah Governor Dr. Heval Abu Bakr and representatives of the Autonomous Administration in South Kurdistan. The event commenced on Wednesday, July 12, at 6 p.m., and continued until July 15 at the “Amna Suraka” National Museum in Sulaymaniyah.
The exhibition witnessed a remarkable presence of the public, intellectuals, media, important cultural figures, official institutions, and women’s movements. During the exhibition, the delegation presented an appreciation card to the plastic artist cimen for her efforts in the evaluation committee of the symposium held in Rojava this year, as well as for her paintings about Kobani.
The delegation of female plastic artists included Yara Hesko, Sherin Alo, and Nourhin Hussein. They expressed their thoughts to the media agencies, with Sherin Alo stating, “I am from Afrin, after the war and displacement, I was completely devastated, but art saved me and gave meaning back to my life. I express the pains of migration and being separated from the land and roots, trying to bring hope again through my paintings.” Yara Hasko said, “We are very happy with this joint experience between the women of Rojava and Bashur, and we want to be a bridge for communication through art, and contribute to introducing the women’s revolution in Rojava.” Nourhin Hussein expressed her joy in participating for the first time in an art exhibition in Sulaymaniyah, the capital of culture, where she got to know artists from outside Rojava. She affirmed that her paintings aim to express the suffering of forced migration and the pains of martyrs’ wives, as well as the experiences of the society during the war.
After the conclusion of the exhibition, the delegation had several important visits, including to the Representation of the Aotunomous Administration for North and East Syria in the Kurdistan Region, the Star Conference Representation in the Kurdistan Region, and meetings with the official of the Democratic Organizations Office in Sulaymaniyah, the Kurdistan Artists’ Union, and a high-level delegation from the Sulaymaniyah Provincial Council, including the Deputy Head and the Head of the Arts and Culture Department. They also visited the Research, Archive, and Library Center of Kurdish Women and the Freedom Movement of Kurdistan, and the Free Kurdish Women Organization.
During most of their meetings, the delegation discussed various issues related to Kurdish women on cultural, social, and political levels. The focus was on the cultural reality in West Kurdistan and Southern Kurdistan and its influence on the political developments in the region. They emphasized the importance of communication and further openness in the cultural and artistic fields to serve the common causes of the Kurdish people and women. On another note, they shed light on the prevailing cultural movement in Rojava and North and East Syria, and the artistic and cultural activities that have evolved under the Women and People’s Revolution on July 19.
Additionally, some of the artists participated in a television program on Jin TV channel, where they emphasized the importance of joint exhibitions between different parts of Kurdistan and spoke about the common pains and hopes of women everywhere. They also discussed the Rojava revolution and its impact on the progress of art expressing war, beauty, will, freedom, and human values.
On July 20, the Governor of Halabja, Mrs. Nukhsha Nasih, and the representative of the Aotunomous Administration, Evin Swed, inaugurated an art exhibition in the General Culture Directorate Hall in Halabja City. The exhibition displayed artworks by artists from Rojava and was organized by the General Directorate of Culture and Art in Halabja in cooperation with the Joint Lûr Center. The exhibition received a good response from intellectuals and the public, and the artworks of the female artists were greatly admired by the visitors.