Hume Iraqis tell their story

Iraqis who have made a new life for themselves in Hume will display their artwork at a unique exhibition to commence in mid-January.

Touches of Mesopotamia shall include spectacular paintings from The Mesopotamia Visual Arts Society, which was founded in Broadmeadows in 2014.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the art show would offer a glimpse of life in a region that now incorporates Iraq, Syria and Kuwait.

“This part of the world has been the centre of conflict for many years, but the Iraqis who have produced this exhibition want to demonstrate their love for life,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“The Mesopotamia Visual Arts Society incorporates some very inspiring people who are determined to share a humanitarian message.

“The group sees the beauty and vitality of their homeland, and this exhibition will offer visitors a new perspective on the Middle East.

“This is a presentation for people who desire an insight into the history of Mesopotamia, and a visual snapshot of life in Iraq today.”

The Mesopotamia Visual Arts Society consists of artists who have trained formally in fine arts, as well as people without any artistic qualifications who possess an abundance of natural talent.

Hume artist and member of the Mesopotamia Visual Arts Society, Bassem Sako, said the artists were thrilled to produce creative works in Australia.

“Due to the harsh conditions and lack of safety and peace in Iraq, the artists have loved Australia for its safety, freedom, democracy and respect for humans regardless of their differences in culture, tradition, religion and ethnicity,” Mr Sako said.

“While the artists are all different in many ways, art combines them each into one.

“Art brings us closer with one goal and one common talent to share with one another and to others.”

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Touches of Mesopotamia demonstrated how Hume had benefitted from the arrival of people who were born overseas.

“Hume is one of the most diverse municipalities in Australia, and our local culture is a blend of cultures from all over the world,” she said.

“Many people have commenced a new life from the suburbs of Hume, and we are so lucky that our residents wish to share their artwork and traditions with others.

“Their story is now our story, and it’s what makes Hume a fascinating place to live, work and play.”

Hume residents come from more than 166 different countries and speak in excess of 120 languages.

The Touches of Mesopotamia exhibition will take place at the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, at the Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, on Central Park Avenue.

The show starts on Thursday 14 January 2016 and will run until Sunday 6 March 2016.

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Posted on 12:00 AM, 4 January 2016

Updated : 11:20 AM, 4 January 2016

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