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Artwork - Kurdish Refugees of the Gulf War, Hasan Bagdas, 1993 Image Reg. No: SH 960130

Kurdish Refugees of the Gulf War by Hasan Bagdas, 1993. Hasan Bagdas is a Kurdish artist from Turkey who arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1973 following severe oppression from the Turkish government. Hasan paints, amongst other subjects, political and social paintings which illustrate Kurdish life in Turkey, Armenia and Iraq.

The Kurds are a diverse ethnic group whose struggle for independence has waged for centuries. In 2008 there were an estimated 22 million Kurds living in their homeland of Kurdistan, which encompasses parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Armenia. Political and ethnic divisions have prevented the Kurdish population from achieving unity and independence, so they remain minorities, frequently persecuted within the countries they live.

During the First Gulf War (Iran-Iraq War) the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) cooperated with Iran against Baghdad. Simultaneously Iraq was supporting the Iranian Kurds in their fight against Teheran. 150,000 Kurds or more were fighting with Baghdad against Iran and the KDP during the 1980s, and in 1988 the Iraqi Army crushed the alliance of Iranian and Kurdish KDP forces using any means available, including chemical weapons. About 5,000 civilians were killed by poison gas in March 1988 in the village of Halabja, only one of many such instances.
Paper collage and paint artwork. Paper has been folded and manipulated to create the figures and background. Oil paint has been used over the paper. Framed.
Description Of Content:
Artwork depicting plight of Kurdish refugees fleeing chemical warfare during the Gulf War. One woman dominates the foreground with stick in hand and three others can be glimpsed in the background, walking through a hostile arid landscape.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Hasan Bagdas, 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 95.50 cm (Height), 7.00 cm (Width), 122.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: artworks, crafts, cultural identity, cultural traditions, ethnic groups, kurdish communities, kurdish immigration, turkish culture, turkish immigration, visual arts, reg. no sh 960130
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: paintings
Inscriptions: In black on lower left hand corner: H. Bagdas . 1993
Format: Collage Artwork: Colour
Artist: Mr Hasan Bagdas, Preston, Victoria, Australia, 1993
Place & Date Depicted: Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq, circa 1987-1991
References: Peter Malanczuk (1991). 'The Kurdish Crisis and Allied Intervention in the Aftermath of the Second Gulf War.' EJIL, 2, pp.114-132
Barbara Robson (1996). 'Iraqi Kurds Their History and Culture', Refugee Fact Sheet Series No.13. Washington: Center for Applied Linguistics, The Refugee Service Center

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