Piaw

Hawar Amini

‘Piaw’ in this series, does not only mean being a ‘man’, it can also be referred to as a symbol of fight and struggle for coexistence with a historically unstable situation.  The formation of this series is the result of a few years of effort in recording portraits of the ‘piaw’ of Kurdistan; although it first began with photography, it ultimately ended in patterns and colours.   The lines and pores on the faces of these portraits reflect the story of great hopes and of great frustration. It seems that behind these nightmarish and wandering portraits lies not only the shadow of time but the wounds and cracks of the force of history are also evident.