Sadik Kwaish Alfraji
Born 1960 Baghdad, Iraq
Lives and works in
Amersfoort, the Netherlands
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji works with drawing, painting and video animation to explore ideas of memory and nostalgia based on personal experience. His work has a strong graphic quality, with a reoccurring solitary figure represented through black silhouettes. As a young artist in Baghdad, he trained in printmaking and painting, and was influenced by the German Expressionists and by European and Iraqi philosophy and literature. Memories of his homeland are recalled with deep longing and connection, particularly the wealth of visual imagery he was surrounded by as a child — wall and floor carpets, prayer mats, fine porcelain, family pictures, images of religious and political figures, Koranic verses and decorative scenes from nature. He recalls the mourning festival of Ashura as symbolic of his ongoing practice. The atmosphere of the festival is reference through the inky black figures he draws, shown either ‘curled or bent in on themselves, or soaring towards the heavens and unknowable dangers’ with their air of ‘wonder, sadness and mystery’.
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji has also worked with the QAGOMA Children's Art Centre to develop a project for APT9 Kids