This piece has been entered into the 2012 Signature Art Prize www.signatureartprize.com. It is available to purchase but it may not be available until October if selected as a semi or finalist. We will contact you regarding delivery if you purchase.
'Rewan' is an image that tells a story - a story of the Kurds, the largest displaced nation in the world, with almost 30 million living under occupation or as refugees overseas. Rooted in its political and social message, is most suited to someone who is collecting humanitarian or issue-based artwork.
‘Rewan’ is representative of my practice as a documentary photographer because of its marriage between documentary and art photography. The image has a strong political and social message yet is at the same time an art piece in itself. Rewan, a young Iranian Kurd, fled his occupied country with his family 8 years ago. His face turned away from us is an expression of the sadness and longing that he, and many other Kurdish refugees, have for their country and their freedom. The integration of the map, which cloaks his body and seeps onto the wall, becomes a part of the portrait. The map is symbolic of both the great distance that many Kurds have travelled to flee the harsh occupation as well as acting as a preservation of a map that has ceased to exist since the country was invaded and occupied by the Turkish army in 1923. My research and experimentation over the last three years have led me towards a more creative approach to visual story telling. My recent practice involves a less literal method of documentary and deals more with the emotions and feelings of a situation. This piece exemplifies my experimentation with other mediums - often employing methods other than photography such as poetry, video or audio to supplement the still image. I believe that there is a new direction to be explored in mixing art forms when communicating human experiences and I very much see my self as part this emerging art form.