Art exhibition reflects Syrians solidarity with Iraq Yezidis


Old Yezidi woman displaced from Shingal, recently resorted to Syria's Kurdish-majority area of Derik. Photo: ARA News

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Qamishlo, Syria – Yezidi crisis in northern Iraq stimulated sympathy across the world, as this minority group suffers unprecedented offensive by militants of the Islamic State (IS) in Shingal area.

Under the banner “For Shingal”, several Syrian Kurdish artists launched an art exhibition in the northeastern city of Qamishli on Friday. 

Sponsored by Celadet Bedirxan Association and the Cultural Center of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria, the two-day exhibition included dozens of paintings reflecting the suffering of the Yezidi community in Iraq, and artifacts used by local Yezidis for decades. 

Kurdish artist Sondadi Qasim, facilitator of the “For Shingal” exhibition in Qamishli, said that the paintings, sculptures and artifacts were exposed to the public in order to emphasize the deep cultural roots of the Yezidi Kurds in the region on the one hand, and to show sympathy and solidarity with the group which currently suffers the most under attacks of the al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in northern Iraq. 

“The exhibition sheds light on the catastrophe of Yezidi Kurds who suffered displacement, abduction, homelessness, siege and killing by IS extremists,” Qasim told ARA News. “This was the most appropriate was for us as artists to support our Yezidis peers.”

“I made artistic things using simple and cheap tools such as old tires, chairs and paper to submit my ideas to people. While other artists supported the exhibition with paintings and other artifacts collected from Syrian Yezidi villages,” Qasim said. 

Qasim pointed out that using tires represent civilization and progress that people yearn for, while the black flags carrying the name of God referred to Islamic groups which “distorted Islam and practiced terrorism under the name of this religion”.  

Speaking to ARA News in Qamishli, Narin Matini, member of Celadet Bedirxan Association and contributer to the exhibition, stated: “Our association is interested in culture, art, heritage and the Kurdish civic society. We aim to spread new culture and awareness in our society, hence we organized such an exhibition.” b


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed 

Source: ARA News

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