Behjat Omer Abdulla: 'His work raises questions about identity and people's position in the world'

Behjat Omer Abdulla is a Kurdish artist of whom we are big fans . Read about his wonderful work on our Traces Project page below. In his own words, 'I have been working with the notion of identity for many years since I first found myself in a state of exile trying to gain recognition by the Immigration system in the UK. It has been over thirteen years since I left my native land, Kurdistan-Iraq’.

  1. We met Behjat when he exhibited his work at our Counterpoint exhibition in 2011 as part of our Platforma Festival in London.
  2. Again, at Adopting Britain at the Southbank Centre's Changing Britain Festival, we had the opportunity to work with Behjat again.
  3. Behjat Omer Abdulla got asked for his ID so much he turned it into art - see it at Adopting Britain @southbankcentre http://t.co/igj4g6Yy6q
    Behjat Omer Abdulla got asked for his ID so much he turned it into art - see it at Adopting Britain @southbankcentre pic.twitter.com/igj4g6Yy6q
  4. His detailed, rendered and deeply personal portraits are striking in their immediacy and skill and the stories behind them are just as effecting, like this wonderful piece below.
  5. The piece below is by a journalist who attended the Adopting Britain exhibition, in response to Behjat's work (above)

  6. Behjat was also one of the featured artists in the Unexpected exhibition at the Ben Uri gallery in collaboration with Counterpoints Arts. He was invited to offer "a contemporary response across a range of practices and media" to the permanent collection at the Ben Uri gallery.

  7. You can check out Behjat's tumblr here or better still, watch him work, below!
  8. Kak Husainw Fatma xan :2014