Is­mail Khayat

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The Kur­dish Artist Is­mail Khayat was born in 1944 in Khanaqin. He’s been prac­tic­ing art and hav­ing exhibitions in Kur­dis­tan and all over the world since 1965. His work of art which is ti­tled "Draw­ings of Masks" goes back to the 1970s. The work im­plies life, ex­is­tence and sur­vival. By im­ple­ment­ing his own style, Is­mail leaves a per­sonal im­pres­sion on the au­di­ence.

The masks and their back­grounds ex­press the suf­fer­ings of the Kur­dish peo­ple, es­pe­cially in the 1980s. Ev­ery face gives a spe­cial im­pres­sion to the au­di­ence, and ev­ery face or mask tells a story of its own. We can say that with the dis­torted ex­pres­sions the faces re­flect, the artist has suc­ceeded in con­vey­ing the bit­ter ex­pe­ri­ences and the spir­i­tual agony a Kur­dish in­di­vid­ual was ex- posed to.

290 masks, 290 cases of suf­fer­ing and tor­ture. The work has been show­cased in Kur­dis­tan and out­side, es­pe­cially in Norway, USA and Europe. The char­ac­ter­is­tics of Is­mail's drawn faces are dis­tin­guish­able in the sense that they’re typ­i­cal ex­am­ples of Kur­dish ex­pres­sion­ism.

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