BIN MATAR HOUSE
Firyal Al Adhamy
Firyal was born in Baghdad, and graduated from Baghdad University. From a very early age she witnessed the process behind and the products realized through traditional crafting of jewellery and costume, textiles and woodwork.
Firyal’s objects of study are varied, as art can be seen from different perspectives. She took up art some twenty five years ago, always drawing her inspiration from cultural artifacts and history. Her work is inspired by the rich cultural history of Iraq and the Arab’s world.
In all her art, Firyal highlights the artist’s longing and nostalgia for one’s cherished heritage and the desire to protect it and distance it from the chaotic reality of our times, thereby documenting and preserving it for posterity.
She has participated in many solo and joint exhibitions in UK, USA and the Middle East.
Firyal’s work had been displayed at the British Museum (London), Kufa Gallery (London), Al Bareh Art Gallery, The Bin Mattar House, Memory of the Place (Bahrain),The Green Art Gallery (Dubai, UAE),and other places. Her works are in the private collections of The British Museum, The National Art Gallery (Amman, Jordan), The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (London, UK), Bait Al Qur’an (Manama, Bahrain), (UAE), The American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (Washington DC, USA) and some other international banks and institutions.
Firyal’s eighth solo exhibition entitled “Darwish – An Altar of Poetry” presents a collection of recent works inspired by the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish.
The words left by this beloved poet of love and evanescence enter, with their burning passion and yet caressing gentleness, one’s heart and arouse strong feelings of nostalgia, longing and love. Darwish’s poetry knows no geographical boundaries and reach people with different backgrounds and cultures.
Firyal Al Adhamy is fascinated by Mahmoud Darwish’s passionate poetry and pours out her emotions in her art, which she means to share through this exhibition. The exhibition consists of 20 works of meticulously crafted wooden letters on canvas coated with a palette of rich, vibrant acrylic colors. The focal point of some of the artwork is a letter taken from the late poet’s name and the artist presents each composition as a reminder of a verse by this great poet.