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Fatima Barznge

Eröffnung: Freitag 3.2.2023, ab 18 Uhr
mit einer Performance zur Eröffnung von KATHRIN WOLKOWICZ

Ausstellung: 4.2.-11.3.2023


In this exhibition, Fatima shows a selection of works on paper and canvas inspired by the visual image of Islamic art and calligraphy. In her ongoing project Study of Square, she explores the possibilities of the square format. She experiments with different techniques and colours to create different shapes and motifs within the square format, adding her own interpretations and meanings. For example, in the Study of Square/Zamzam series, she summarised a historical religious story in a diagram that led to a series of works in which she experiments with dynamic triangle shapes within the static square. If the Cube shape represents earth and manhood, she believes the Triangle shape represents mountain and motherhood. 

Kufic/letters from alif to ya is another series that also takes centre stage in this exhibition. This series is based on 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet in the Kufic script. She painted the edges of each work using the techniques that remind her of Western painting techniques from the period from 1860 to 1965. Here she refers to the influence of European art movements on Iraqi art in the 1990s, of which she has many memories. With this approach, she also wants to bring together the relationship between her work, which is derived from Islamic art, and Western art with all its similarities and opposites.


Fatima Barznge (born 1968, Iraqi Kurdistan) now lives and works in Rotterdam.

Her practice consists of paintings, works on paper and collages. Her memories form the conceptual starting point, in which she tells and reflects on the culture of her origin. In her work, she pays attention to subjects such as tradition, religion, script, textiles and architecture. Experience in the landscape of her childhood also plays an important role.

She grew up in Aghjalar, a rural village in Iraqi Kurdistan that was completely destroyed by Saddam Hussein in 1988 during the Anfal campaign. She studied business administration in Baghdad and fled to the Netherlands in 1997 for political reasons, where she graduated cum laude from the Royal Academy of Arts (The Hague) in 2005. Her works are grouped into series ranging from abstracted figurative to completely abstract. This working method reflects her fascination with Western art on the one hand, and may also be related to the fact that she grew up with traditional Islamic art/Aniconism.

Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions including Stedelijk Museum Schiedam NL; Rozenstraat- a rose is a rose is a rose, Amsterdam NL; OnArte Locarno Switzerland; TENT platform for contemporary art Rotterdam NL; and gallery Sanaa Utrecht NL. Her work is in various collections including; Dutch government collection, and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam NL.

Fatima's work supported by Mondriaan Fund, The Netherlands

Die Ausstellung wird gefördert von der Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen und der Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn/ Neustartplus.

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