An exceptional photography exhibition, showcasing the work of acclaimed Kurdish photographer Younes Mohammed, has made its way to Nashville, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. Born in Dohuk and currently based in Erbil, Mohammed's powerful imagery captures the essence of the Kurdish struggle and the resilience of its people. This article explores the significance of the exhibition, highlighting its locations and the remarkable stories behind the photographs.
A Journey of Passion and Perseverance
Younes Mohammed's lifelong passion for photography has endured despite the challenges presented by the turbulent history of the region. Born in 1968, Mohammed's family left the Kurdistan Region in 1974, seeking refuge in Iran. While there, he pursued his education and earned an MBA from Tehran University, but his true calling was always behind the lens, and he dedicated himself to capturing the human experience through his photography.
Younes Mohammed's talent and dedication have been recognized and celebrated on an international scale. His photographs have received awards in various countries, including France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK, and the United States. His work has resonated with audiences around the world, shedding light on the struggle for freedom and the sacrifices that it demands.
"Kurdistan to America: Stories of Hope and Sacrifice"
The exhibition in the United States, titled "Kurdistan to America: Stories of Hope and Sacrifice," serves as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Kurdish people. Through his lens, Mohammed documents the daily lives of ordinary individuals, weaving a tapestry of love, sacrifice, courage, and friendship. His photographs not only capture the unique beauty of Kurdistan but also convey universal themes of human resilience and the pursuit of freedom.
Over the course of eight days in June, the exhibition was featured in two prominent locations. On Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23, it graced the mezzanine of the Nashville Metropolitan Courthouse, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the captivating imagery. From there, the exhibition it moved to Washington, D.C., where it was showcased on the first-floor foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, June 28. Finally, on Thursday, June 29, it appeared at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representation in Washington, where it created a platform for dialogue and cultural exchange.
Sponsors and Supporters
The exhibition was made possible through the support of several organizations. Spirit of America, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization (NGO), stands as a long-time friend and sponsor of Younes Mohammed's work, working alongside troops and diplomats to promote shared values and improve lives. Kurdish Professionals, a Nashville-based NGO, Justice for Kurds, and the KRG Representation in Washington also lent their support, recognizing the significance of the exhibition for fostering understanding and appreciation of Kurdish culture and heritage.
"Kurdistan to America: Stories of Hope and Sacrifice" offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Kurdish life as captured through the lens of Younes Mohammed. Through his extraordinary talent and passion, he showcases the enduring spirit and resilience of the Kurdish people, while also highlighting the universal human experience. Featuring the exhibition in Nashville and Washington, D.C. served as a bridge between cultures, inviting visitors to witness and appreciate the struggles, hopes, and sacrifices that shape our collective journey.