Syrian artist brings 'Hope' to solo exhibition in Erbil
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Syrian artist has started a three-day solo art exhibition in Erbil entitled 'Hope.'
Alaa Khayat came to the Kurdistan Region two years ago because of the ongoing civil war in Syria that has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and caused the displacement of millions more, including Khayat.
Khayat said she added a special touch to her paintings to express hope in the future.
“Following the wars that happened in Syria and Iraq, and the difficult situation in the region and Kurdistan, I wanted to show to the world that there is still hope in life despite the wars in the region, and I wanted to express this hope in the colors I used in my paintings. That is why I mixed dark colors with brightness in the background to show that we are still hopeful,” Kahyat told Rudaw.
An Iranian woman who visited the exhibition said she feels that Khayat’s works well expressed the feelings of many women.
“I am very happy that I came to this exhibition today. The paintings are very beautiful. Many of them express women and their feelings. I enjoyed looking at these paintings,” Mohammed said.
She is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at Damascus University and is also a graphic designer.
The exhibition began on Friday and will continue through Sunday in Erbil’s Arjaan Rotana Hotel.
Photos by Rudaw's Hazhar Jawhar