About The Work
Baran’s work examines the relationship between citizen and homeland, from the point of view of a soldier, Baran presents a series of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.
A veteran war artist for the Iraqi army, Baran hasa deep understanding of the dangers of state-sponsored propaganda. This exhibition attempts to counter those nationalistic representations, instead focusing on the destructive psychological and social consequences of political unrest and protracted conflict.
His works warn of the perils of a society that allows inequality to go unchecked. He sounds a clarion call to rally as a coalition and protect the right of all to share a place in community.
Leaders, followers, crusaders, believers, and apostates all lose in a land led by fear and greed.
Iraqi-Kurdish artist Serwan Baran born in Baghdad in 1968, and lives and work in Beirut,
Lebanon. He graduated from Iraq’s Babel University with a degree in Fine Arts and was
taught by the Syrian-German artist Marwan. Baran served as a soldier and war artist in
the ‘80s and ‘90s. His work became more expressionist after leaving Iraq in 2005, and he
began addressing his own military experience in grotesque, figural abstractions.
Baran is considered among the ‘New Generation’ of Iraqi Painters and ‘Fatherland’
is a commentary on the masculine and paternalistic dimensions of political culture
in Iraq and the region. he has recently presented a solo exhibition ‘Fatherland’ at
the Iraq Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.
Baran has held eleven solo exhibitions in Jordan, Morocco, Iraq, Syria,
Japan, and the Dominican Republic and participated in a large number
of group exhibitions, including the Cairo Biennial (1999), the Kuwait Biennial
(2011) and the Morocco Biennial (2012).
Serwan Baran has won several awards, including a Gold Medal at the Plastic
Arts Festival in Mahres, Tunisia in 2002. He lives and works between Beirut and Amman.
Founded in 1994 in Abu Dhabi, Salwa Zeidan Gallery specialises in Contemporary art, representing established and emerging artists from around the globe. The gallery features works in a variety of mediums from paintings, photography and sculptures to installation and performance art.