10. 1. 2013 | Lost Heritage
Human suffering in times of war often makes us forget that cultural heritage suffers during violent conflicts. Only when peace has returned, it becomes clear what has been destroyed – on purpose or accidental - what has disappeared and what is left.
The artist Azad Karim (1954, Arbil, Kurdistan, Iraq) is extremely aware of the vulnerability of cultural heritage through his Kurdish background. Although he has worked and lived in Slovnia since the 1970s, what happens in the Near East still shakes him to the core. The tragic destruction of cultural heritage in the area between Euphrates and Tigris are constantly on his mind.
In the exhibition Lost Heritage Azad Karim pays homage to lost heritage, and especially the lost heritage of the Middle East. The Buddha’s of Bamiyan and the plundering of the museum in Bagdad are dramatic examples. To cope with his feelings concerning this destruction, he recreates this lost heritage symbolically, only to destroy it again. The bang with which the artwork is obliterated, reverberates deep into the soul. The shards, covered in symbols and memories of the civilisations of the Near East, are collected by Azad Karim and made into mobiles.
The work of Azad Karim represents an offering of his own artworks, to raise awareness for the loss and destruction of material heritage all over the world, for ever lost to humanity.
12. 3. 2011 | The Whole World Used to Share One and the Same Language
My project The Whole World Used to Share One and the Same Language is not merely an illustration of the stories of the Tower of Babel, but it speaks about the man – refugee, about the man that Lord scattered across the whole world, about the man without a country, without even the smallest plot of land on which to build a city. It speaks about the little man who, being denied access to media, uses a wall to convey his message. My project also speaks about walls as such, walls which bear no written word, but only traces of time. It speaks about Babylonian walls, displaced long ago by archaeologists to great European museums. The Cuneiform script chiselled into a wall gazes silently at camera objectives of all sizes and trade marks, while crowds of visitors roam through the rooms and galleries of the British Museum. Emotionless scanning of venerable traces of time! The prophetic words written in the ancient Book of Moses are still becoming a reality, not only in the country along the great rivers, but everywhere in the world. Each century has its wars, each nation has its history, and many nations have had moments when they had to flee their homes and experience the life of refugees. Slovenians as well! Therefore I dedicate my project to all those who had to flee at any moment in their lives, or are still scattered upon the face of all the earth and they left off to build the city.
12. 3. 2011 | Sredozemlje 2010 - Split
International Biennial of painters and sculptors - Mediteran 2010 Hrvatska opened in the building of the Institute for Scientific and Artistic Work of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Split, in the organization of cultural institutions and galleries, supported by the Ministry of Culture, City of Split and Split-Dalmatia County. The biennial brought together parts of numerous national and international renowned artists from different backgrounds and different generations. Poetics and nations, but loved to be weighted with the spirit of the region "genilus loic" exhibition was opened by academics Davorin Rudolf Radoslav Tomić and dr.Tonći Šitin behalf of the organizers galleries 'Kula' prof. Duje Mduljaš in the presence of a large number of art lovers.