The Kur­dish sculp­tor Shwan Ab­dul­rah­man

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Ashti Garmiyani

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.

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