Jamal Penjweny’s photographs of the Iraqi conflict have been published around the world. But at the peak of the conflict, frustrated that war was the world’s only lens on his country, he left photojournalism and began focusing on his artwork.
To show another dimension of Iraq—its life and future and resilient people—he captures ordinary children, men and women, US and Iraqi soldiers all leaping into the air.
Jumping was my dream when I was a child. I wanted to fly through a highest jump to watch my house and the road from the sky and to see the entire city where I was born. It never happened! I had no chance to have a flight by airplane even once in my childhood. Now! I can see my city and even all Iraq from the tiny window of the airplane, but everything looks different. When I was a child, I used to jump with my friends for joy and happiness. I only dreamt of watching my place from height for no reason. But now! We are flying in a big competition and we all have forgotten the beauty of the games we had in childhood.
This exhibit will be part of our Fall Soul Conference, November 10 & 11, 2017.
Iraqi Kurdish photographer, sculptor, painter, war artist and filmmaker Jamal Penjweny was born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1981.