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Fatima Barznge

Fatima Barznge Visual Artist

Fatima Barznge is an artist whose work focuses on memory, drawing inspiration from her childhood in a destroyed Kurdish village, her studies, and her experiences as a political refugee in the Netherlands, with her art encompassing various series that explore memory, history, and trauma through a range of styles and motifs.

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Fatima Barznge
Kurdistan / The Netherlands
Visual Artist

Fatima Barznge is an artist whose work is deeply influenced by the theme of memory. She grew up in Aghjalar, a village in Iraqi Kurdistan that was destroyed in the Anfal war campaign. Her art revolves around revisiting her childhood memories, cultural heritage, and the places she can never return to. Barznge studied business administration in Baghdad, fled for political reasons in 1997, and settled in the Netherlands, where she graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in 2005.

About the header image, an installation view of the exhibition Khatt (Line/script) on the wall at gallery Sanna Utrecht NL 2023, she says ' With this wall installation, I refer to two different emotions and experiences. On the one hand, the joy of a child drawing on a wall. On the other, the tragedy from the time of my childhood when people used a wall as a place and space for communication, illustration of thoughts and freedom of expression in a country of war and oppression. The title is a homage to the series of works Line on the wall by Iraqi artist Shakir Hassan Al Said (1925-2004), of which I have many memories'.

Fatima's works often feature intricate and shimmering surfaces with markings reminiscent of traditional weaving techniques from her childhood, and they encompass both figurative and non-figurative elements. Barznge's art serves as a means of working through her past, addressing trauma, and the duty to remember, while also delving into the study of the square as a motif, referencing both traditional Islamic art and the avant-garde.

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