The Kurdish sculptor Shwan Abdulrahman
If you have a tour around Hawler, the capital of Southern Kurdistan, you will see many great statues of Shwan like Sheikh Mamhood Hafeed in the centre of the city and the pilot on Mont Shingal erected in Sami Abdulrahman Park.
Shwan Abdulrahman was born in Hawler in 1987. He completed his artistic studies at Hawler Institute of Fine Arts, sculpture department in 2001. Shwan has had many exhibitions. So far, 11 of his works have been set up in various places in Hawler. He’s always busy teaching students, and making sculptures. If we look at his works, we can say that he has acquired knowledge in how to use alabaster, iron, plastic, fiber glass, cement and other materials in his sculptures. He’s done some popular portraits of famous Kurdish personalities like the Kurdish poet Sherko Bekas which is one of the prime examples of his works.
Sculpture needs great ability and capability. An artist should be able to control the forms, styles and instruments of building the works. Those qualities can be seen in Shwan Abdulrahman's productions. Kurdistan, like any other country, is in need of filling the empty squares, parks and avenues by sculptures. This art is a symbol of civilization and the appreciation of artistic tastes by people.
The existence of sculpture implies two major meanings: the first one is preserving the culture of the country; the second one is filling the public spaces in cities with good works of art and third it creates a history of the people and the country. So the methods and use of these forms by AbdulRahman are something Southern Kurdistan is in need of today.
Shwan is teaching young students this art every day. He teaches them the basic and the academic style. As Italy, France and other countries are proud of their reliefs and statues, so is Kurdistan with the new generation of sculptures like Shwan Abdulrahmanand his students who will carve a brighter future for this country.