December 6, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


MEI Art Gallery
1763 N St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036 (Map)

Please join us for the opening on Friday, December 6, 2019 of Speaking Across Mountains: Kurdish Artists in Dialogue at the recently inaugurated MEI Art Gallery, a non-commercial art space housed in the Middle East Institute.

The show, which runs from December 6, 2019 to February 20, 2020 features nine contemporary artists from Iraq, Syria and Turkey whose work offers audiences a rare opportunity to connect with Kurdish voices and experiences beyond the headlines.

Through painting, video, photography, and installation, the artists reflect on themes that have long shaped the Kurdish experience, such as displacement, exile, memory and gender, while giving voice to the resilience of Kurdish communities in the face of decades of persecution.

Featured artists include Sherko Abbas, Serwan Baran, Kani Kamil, Hayv Kahraman and Walid Siti of Iraq; Savas Boyraz, Zehra Doğan and Şener Özmen of Turkey; and Khadija Baker and Bahram Hajou of Syria.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Doors open at 6pm for the exhibition. The curator will give a talk at 6:30pm.


Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the United States and Justice for Kurds.

KRG and JFK sponsor logos

Image at top: "A Poem to the Mountain at the Edge of the World", Walid Siti, 2019