Contemporary artist inspired by history of conflict
Time Out Bahrain staff
“I am Joseph. We are Joseph, enduring the betrayal of our peers, sexual and physical abuse. False accusations and forceful expulsion from our homeland.” This is the message behind the works of contemporary conceptual artist Nazar Yahya.
If you like your art both beautiful and thought provoking, Albareh Art Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition by prominent contemporary Iraqi artist, Yahya. The show, entitled ‘Yusuf’ will take place from January 10 to February 2.
Nazar’s conviction and his passion are evident in this series of recent works which symbolise the biblical story of Joseph’s exile in the desert and, at the same time, tell a parallel story of the Iraqi exodus from Iraq. Nazar attempts to compare Yusuf’s life with his own story in the perils of our times.
The show presents 10 artworks that used staged digitized photography printed on rice paper and executed on canvas.
Born and raised in Baghdad, Nazar started his art path as an illustrator for children’s magazines in the early 1980s while he was still in high school. He graduated from the painting department at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1986.
As an Iraqi artist who has witnessed the war, some of his works are a reflection of that, however he manages to present strong ideas through well-composed forms and colour.
During the past 10 years he has participated in many exhibitions. His pieces are exhibited at the British Museum, Qatar Museum, Houston Museum and soon the Station Museum of Contemporary Art.