A Kurdish Coundrum

Kutschera, Chris
May 2003
Middle East;May2003, Issue 334, p62
The Kurdish painter Rostam Aghala was born in 1969 in the small Kurdish town of Koy Sinjak, Aghala became a painter by chance. Most Kurdish and Iraqi painters are haunted by the effect Saddam Hussein's dictatorial regime has had on the minds and personal freedoms of the country's people. However, these influences are not apparent in the work of Rostam Aghala. His colorful paintings explore relationships between people and are rife with romanticism. The Kurdish elite started buying his paintings: Jelal and Hero Talabani bought some of his large paintings to decorate their dining room in Qala Tchwalan. In one of his paintings, Shvan, a young woman wears the traditional dress of the Kurdish shepherd. In another painting, Anfal, a bearded old man sits in a meadow full of red poppies, with a young woman, his granddaughter, behind him, and a steep mountain in the background.


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