Crossing (detail), 2015

Mixed media installation (detail), photograph lambda print, video, variable dimensions.

The work expresses my concern with the idea of crossing in a wider context. It has been a phenomenon accompanying mankind for thousands of years that goes beyond all societies and regions. My grandfather was among those who route the journey of leaving the Zagros Mountains to end up in the city of Arbil the capital of the Kurdistan region. Colonialism in the Middle East focused on serving the economic interest of the western powers, especially in securing the oil supplies. The policies have left a legacy of division, as well as ethnic and religious tension, which in turn has created conditions forcing millions to escape the violence and conflict, leading them to risk their lives and seek refuge in other places.