art of resistance, Iraq

Iraq is flying!

Jamal Penjweny is an amazing Iraqi Kurdish photographer and a filmmaker I’ve already written about.

This time I want to present his lovely photo series Iraq is flying. It is so fresh and – uplifting!

Artist statement:

The memories from our childhood still exist, or in another expression, we still carry a bit of the child inside us. 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.

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iraq is flying. 23all images © Jamal Penjweny

For more of Penjweny’s inspiring work – go to his official website.


2 thoughts on “Iraq is flying!

  1. I see so much hope when I look at those pictures. The photographer captures them so incredibly well. Thanks for sharing them. Iraq can be great again!

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