Osman Ahmed: My line is a living memory
October 11, 2017, 7pm
Talk with Osman Ahmed, Maria Six-Hohenbalken (Austrian Academy of Science), Niko Wahl (historian, artist, co-initiator of the Museum of Worldlessness)
Hinterland will be hosting the exhibition „My Line is a Living Memory“, a body of work that reminds us of the significance of collecting and sharing personal experiences and eyewitness accounts of war. For artist Osman Ahmed, the focus is the genocide enacted on the Kurdish people during the Anfal-Operation and which becomes a means of considering the totality of war. Through his work he seeks to bring attention to the horrors that war perpetrates in our world, and to promote empathy, understanding and acceptance. His project aims to allow us to better understand memory and its qualities, particularly the way collective memories are generated, towards questioning processes of historiography, and to show us that art in its complexity remains an important mode of remembrance.
“As a witness of Anfal/ Kurdish Genocide 1988, I feel the responsibility to raise awareness about the disasters of war against humanity. It is a humanitarian duty to encourage a revelation of devastations,
I also been working on my studio called peace and war, which is for documenting my drawings and create workshop regarding disasters of war. I am working to provide better life for youth to get away from religion and nationality extremism through showing video and photographs and artistic works. It is been three years that Kurdistan faced economical crisis because of the war against the ISIS, it is very hard to find funding from the government. Some months ago my studio burnt due to electrical issues, and until now I could not fix it because of lack of funding and budget.
I am working for peace and delivering the message of coexistence and living in peace through my drawings. I am seeking for assistant because I believe what I am doing is crucial and significant subject, and I am trying to gain support in order to continue to work and that financial problem will not avoid me from continuing.”