Saddam Jumaily and Kholod Hawash are currently in the final month of their AR-Residency at AR-Saari/Saastamoinen Residency. Following this, they will continue their long-term AR-ICORN Residency for the rest of 2019 at AR-Safe Haven Helsinki.
Jumaily is a renowned Iraqi painter and sculptor who uses personal imagery and symbolism to convey issues of memory and nostalgia. For Jumaily, “painting is an opportunity to emote”, both giving a sense of meaning to the chaos that has pervaded his region for decades and a personal sense of belonging as the artist has experienced displacement following persecution in his own country.
With the City of Helsinki becoming a member of the International City of Refuge Network (ICORN), one AR-Residency per year is designated as an AR-ICORN Residency, forming an integral part of AR-Safe Haven Helsinki’s longer-term-stay programme. This programme is co-hosted with HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme. It is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and funded by the Department of Culture and Leisure of the City of Helsinki.