Art Show
A Group Show of Avan Omar, Avan Sdiq, Rozhgar Mahmood, Marie-Andrée Pellerin and Hazha Kalid
On July 10th, 2021
At Gallery Karem Chawshin in Sulaimany
Curator: Avan Omar

Sujin was a group show, that contained five artworks by five females’ artists. Four of them were videos with one performance. Each of the works presented in a separate room. The audience were invited through promoted posters that is designed by Saatchi gallery and alongside on the social media.

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Avan Omar is a Kurdish artist from South Kurdistan, based in The Netherlands. Graduated from the College of Fine Arts,2004, University of Sulaimani. Holding a master in the same field in 2017, ArtEZ University, from The Netherlands. Hence, studied at the Dutch Art Institute. Avan’s experience and experimental life has an enthusiastic way to analyse and hung the targets toward her audience. She works on various materials and mediums for her concepts. The body and its boundary with the environment is the rockstar of her subjects, Been arranged many art projects and recently curating a project named Those people are working.

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Avan Sdiq ‌ is a visual artist based in Sulaimany/Kurdistan. She Graduated from several places for his studies such as the Institute of fine art in Sulaimany, and Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany. Her work contains many different mediums and materials, such as installations, drawing, video art, exploring new media for different themes fitted in contemporary vision. As well as, Avan had arranged and conducted art projects in Kurdistan and has an experience as a writer, she write many articles about contemporary art

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Rozhgar Mahmood A contemporary artist based in Sulaimanyah holding several degrees related to art, visual art and modernization, the most recent was a master of visual arts at the University of Chelsea, London. Rozhgar works on various mediums and styles such as video, performance and texts as much as highlighting the concepts. The methods with her outcomes are related to the effects on her everyday life and converting it into an art project.

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Marie-Andrée Pellerin is a visual artist from Montreal, trained in art and architecture. Since 2010, her practice has involved much movement and research in varied contexts (Bucharest, Marseilles, Brussels, Cieplice, etc.), from which her projects have stemmed. Her works primarily with video installation, sculpture and reading-performance. Interested in rhetoric and the power of words, her current research explores language through a post-humanist lense, and addresses topics such as the fluidity of words and the obsolescence of language. Originally from Montreal, she completed a master’s degree in 2015 at the Dutch Art Institute in the Netherlands. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in research and creation at the Kunstuniversität Linz in Austria

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Hazha Kalid is a visual artist based in Sulaimany, Kurdistan, north of Iraq. Holding bachelor for visual arts specialized in printmaking (Collage of Fine Art Sulaimany). She is working on various styles fitted in contemporary installations, performance and photograph، exploring new media for different themes. She is mainly interested in feminism as subject.

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The contents of the Suijn: (The texts of the works that is written by the artist them self)

My mother washed the mountains by Rozhgar Mahmood 2021/ video documentation. Duration 4.14 Minutes
The idea behind this performance was standing for a poet and lyrics that are written about motherhood. It is an effort to depict and display those words through some familiar materials and gestures. On the other hand, aiming to analyze and point out its context ironically and with fantasy. This is covering both concepts, the motherhood and the poet for building warm perceptions with the audience. At this stage, the modifications of the words and the main character which is the mother leading to another platform. Simplistically, criticizing the circumstances, and the meaning of existence. This is my experience and I have my method to perform it. It is direct and converging different times and places. The text was paraphrased by the famous author Latif Halmat as it was originally inspired by Persian text
My Mother My mom has washed the windows glasses
Even the carpet that located under our feet
She washed all the rooms
All the glasses of the oil lamp are washed by her
She washed all of dirty stuff
All over spaces and all the angles washed by her
She smiles with telling us that the summer came already
I have to clean and wash up everything children
Then with her most soften hands
she cleaned all of our laundry
After washing our clothes, emotionally and kindly, she started to wash away our sadness, and worries

Restriction ( Chaq) by Hazha Khalid, 2021 performance Through the machines Human always tried to make things or work easier. Machine has been as an alternative for human’s labor. However, until know domestic work is belong only to women as society repetitively identified women to household chores and the machine as well.

A Gigantic Ear Capable of Absorbing All the Noises of the World by Marie-Andrée Pellerin 2020/ Video installation, video installation. Duration 10 minutes
Concept, the video installation addresses the idea of collective and individual emancipation through language. The project is inspired by science fiction written by women (Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin, etc) and departs from the idea of “linguistic worlds”, in which the language(s) we speak formate(s) our thoughts and our relation to the reality. Wittgenstein’s famous line: “The limits of my language are the limits of my world” would therefore means that language can somehow create walls between people. From a feminist perspective we can also say that language and the discursive practices reinstate relations of power and domination. Science fiction also has a political implication as it is proposing and testing alternatives to our actual world and our relation to it. My video presents a fictional clinical experiment in which a female scientist attempts to transform radically her patient’s uses of language, by a “praxis of language disturbance”, which could be defined by a more fluid approach to naming and signifying. The work also reflects on my personal experience to learn German in Austria and how learning languages affects one’s way of being in the world.

Ennui by Avan Sdiq, 2018 / video art. Duration 0:5:28 minutes
Through using materials that are necessary for living and eating and are used daily for example (plate, spoon, fork and knife), I have tried to explain (Ennui) and daily routine through movements of the body, types of tools, and different ways of distributing these tools. I have shown the hidden side and internal routine of the doer through the sound of the fork and knives, each time shown differently through the routine of organizing and wrecking them continuously. I have not tried to represent one specific topic; through this work I have tried to explain concept such as limits, time, and all the (tidiness and mess) daily routines, which are sometimes necessary but other times become habits. At the same space with my video, I have added on the duration for less than a minute of the film Modern Times "which is a 1936 American silent comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin". I tried to point out the effect of routine work and boredom of both men and women in different times and places

Washing Machine by Avan Omer 2009/ video art. Duration 3 minutes The video of washing machine located in a corner of the gallery. The corner has a triangle shape and the spinning circle of the washing machine around the tringle in the middle were a remarkable symbol. The materials chosen carefully and consciously, which point out the integration with the daily materials and how related to the females.

About the Show

As you may notice those works been prepared in a different period but, all been displayed for the first time in Sulaimany. Performing with different five females that titled Those People are working. The location or the gallery (Kareem Chaw Shin) was a heritage house and pretty old. Many families used to live in it for long periods times. The building architectures features were strongly related to the concepts and the objects. At the same time, there were lots of things were connecting the materials and the themes. The works were different, however, were related as a puzzle that completed each other. It was not easy to collect all on fit in one exhibition. This needs lots of effort. As mentioned earlier the works connected cohesively with each other, in terms of the concept and elements that are used in the works such as sound, voice anger, struggle, challenge and rebellion that the audience can feel and obtain from all the works that are exhibited.

Restriction ( Chaq) Restriction (Chaq) was a solo effort presented through a series of performances in different times and places such as the mall, shopping centres, buses, and other public places.As one of the series shows that arranged by These People Are Working project. Firstly, as solo work was a performance with people that randomly were there, which means not for a specific audience. But later took part in the Sujin show, this time the artist has performed for the audience were attended especially to the show. That means due to the works various conditions, the Chaq has been performed respectively in many times in the same period.
Hazha Khalid was one of the main participants at the first stages of the main project. She had contributed to the discussion and the discourses. This performance was an outcome for her after a series of discussions. The main element of this work was the voice, tunes. The artist was the main character wearing a casual dress but lots of noises and voices were heard around her. Those voices were inspired by many household objects. It was a great performance to grab the others attention. A woman walking around with lots of noises comes out with invisible materials. It was significant to acquisitions women’s duties.

My mother washed the mountains, video documentation.
This performance was performed twice during These People Are Working project. Firstly, as a solo show, at the Dayk Park (means mother park) as a live performance. Alongside the audiences randomly who were there chilling without any invitations. Then, the documentation of the performance was displayed during the Sujin exhibition.
This performance is a consequence of lots of researches and sketches by the artist. Fortunately, These People Are Working project was an appropriate platform for this performance to be displayed. The artist was interested by a text from Latif Halmat’s book (The sparrow on the tree) hence, was paraphrased from a Persian text. Therefore, Rozhgar has utilized it carefully for the performance in terms of context and its philosophical background. The artist has highlighted many concepts. Alongside many different objects that Rozhgar used for this work, but texts and voice are very important elements in this performance

A Gigantic Ear Capable of Absorbing All the Noises of the World
A video performance by Marie-Andrée Pellerin. She is an active artist from Belgium and potentially participated in our project. Her works are surrounded by many themes. The video was displayed in many places worldwide but this time with a Kurdish subtitle. This Video has many elements for its concept such as voice, words and texts, mixed up with the images that depicting the concept.
Description of the video installation The video work is made out of different type of images, like for instance a scene filmed with a drone in a landscape and some images created with 3d modelling. The soundtrack is mostly entirely constructed with female narrative voices in English, German and French. The installation also consists in some sculptural elements representing language and hearing, like enlarged keyboard keys and earplugs. The video explores the subjective and manipulative features inherent to the art of subtitling, by prioritising occasionally some non-verbal information over spoken script, and by allowing the soundscape and moving images to affect the way the captions appear or melt in the picture.

A video art by Avan Sadiq, that took a part of Sujin show. This video has been displayed in another event in Hawler, was the first time to show it in Sulaimany, but this time with a few modifications. This recent was a fusion with Charlie Chaplin’s video. In the room, there was a double voice and the audience were aiming to find a balance for the clarifications. It was clear that the daily routine is a boring process and it takes its signs of progress. Avan had used catteries such as plates, forks and spoons. Her theme was integrated within female matters, the motherhood and daily routine’s work for both man and women.

Washing Machine A video art by Avan Omer, this is one of her series works that related to the same concept. During the past of her works that cover the washing machine as a dynamic object etc. This time has been allocated with Sujin show. Although, this was prepared in 2009 and presented in different shows worldwide but being performed in Kurdistan for the first time. The machine was located in a corner of the gallery. It had a triangle shape and the spinning circle in the middle were a remarkable symbol. Hence, Avan had chosen the materials carefully and consciously. She wants to point out the integration with the daily materials and how related to the females such as make-up and households.

Thanks to those who help us constantly during the show especially: Chenar Nzar, Soran Rafat, Shameran Fatah, Bibak Ameer, Osman Ahmed, Shirwan Fatih, Rozhgar Mahmood, Rebeen Majid, , Chya Jamal, Avan Sdiq.