Cork City, Cork city, Ireland
About Ali Raza
I was born In South Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) in 1980, the same year the war started between Iran and Iraq. As a child I lived with a strong military presence in my homeland and endured frequent aerial bombing. Growing up, I saw many people die and experienced the full savagery of war and Genocide. In 1991, following The Kurdish Uprising, my family migrated over the Iranian border, travelling on foot through the mountains for 26 Days. Later as a student of the Erbil College of Fine Art (1998-2002) I used Art to voice my opinion on Human Rights and other controversial Issues. In 2005, I approached the Minister of Culture of the Kurdish government, Iraqi Region, with the proposal to open a new gallery in Erbil City, ''Palace Gallery'', which I was given the approval to build, and which I ran for its first year. In addition to this I was also managing a Kurdish Artist group show for a four month period which encompassed several cities in southern Kurdistan. I have written articles about art history and critiques which were published in newspapers, art and art literature magazines, such as: Shaker (avant garde), Aynda(future), Shewakari(visual art), Hunari New(modern art), Guna and various newspapers. I was also editor of the Hunari New, which is a modern Art magazine. I arrived In Ireland in 2007 continuing my artistic studies at The Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (2009-2014). My current Primary Media are painting and Installation with supporting instances of video and Printmaking. My current work focuses on the Subjects of Genocide, War, Violence and Man’s Inhumanity. The very recent Collection entitled The Story of Sand specifically deals with The ANFAL Genocide carried out under The Iraqi Regime in The South of Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) between 1986 and 1988, resulting in the deaths of over 182,000 civilian Kurdish people, many having been buried alive.
2014- MA Degree in Art and process- Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland
2013 -Honours Degree in Fine Art, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland.
2012- Ordinary Degree In Art And Design, Galway-Mayo Institute Of Technology, Ireland
2002- Diploma Degree In Fine Art, Institute Of Fine Art, Erbil, South Kurdistan.
2011- 7th Solo Exhibition “Humans Collage” part of Galway Fringe Festival At Claddagh Hall, Galway City. Ireland.
2010- 6th Exhibition.” Colour Of Rain” GMIT hall Art College, Galway City, Ireland.
2008- 5th Solo Exhibition untitled part of Waterford Imagine art festival Waterford City Centre Library, Ireland.
2005 -4th Solo Exhibition “The Shadow Of Anfal Passage, Installation Erbil National park Kurdistan Iraqi Region.
2004- 3rd Solo Exhibition “Fear”. Erbil Art College hall, Kurdistan, Iraqi Region.
2004 -2nd Solo Exhibition “Satellite Technology Communication” Installation Erbil Art College hall, Kurdistan, Iraqi Region.
2014- at the MA a group Exhibition. The Day Came Fat at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork
2014- Annual group exhibition by students of the MA in Art & Process (MA:AP) at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design.
2013- Ink on Paper, Group Print Exhibition, London.
2012 -Group Print Exhibition National University of Ireland, Galway City, Ireland.
2008- Group Exhibition, “Port Gallery” Waterford City, Ireland.
2007- Kurdish Art & Culture Group from Iraq to UK, organized by ArtRole Contemporary Arts Organization. The event took place in London and Yorkshire between the 16th and the 28th of February at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Serpentine Gallery, Ferens Gallery, Life Arts Development Agency, Royal College of Art, Slade School of Art and SOAS.
2004 - Contemporary Youth Art Exhibition, Erbil College of Fine Art, South Kurdistan.