Tuesday, April 9, 2019

In Vafopouleio in Thessaloniki the 8th individual exhibition by Serhad Bapir (TV100-27 / 03/19)

In Vafopouleio in Thessaloniki the 8th individual exhibition by Serhad Bapir (TV100-27 / 03/19)

His eighth individual exhibition presents, in the Vapofoulio Cultural Center of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the art artist, Serhad Bapir. The painter came to Greece from Kurdistan in 1984 as a political refugee and immediately began his studies at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University, where he graduated with excellent degree. In his new collection, the works focus on the concepts of freedom and democracy.

Reportage: Diogenis Mariolas

Camera: Sakis Sonis

They speak: Serhad Bapir (Visual),

Thalia Stefanidou (Art Historian),

Petros Dimitrakopoulos (Chairman of the Vapofouliou Election Commission)

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Conversation of the artist Serhad Bapir with the art historian Thalia Stefanidou at the Vaophoopoulos Cultural Center.


On March 20, 2019, the Historical Art Speech was held at the Vafopouleio Cultural Center. Thalia Stefanidou for the work and exhibition of Serhad Bapir. A fruitful dialogue has developed between Ms. Thalia Stefanidou and the artist in front of the audience.

Snapshots from the conversation of Serhad Bapir with the art historian Thalia Stephanidou at the Vaophoopoulos Cultural Center. The artist in two large halls of Vapofoulio presents 172 paintings and one installation.


Serhad Bapir and Art Historian Ms. Thalea Stefanidou



























Sunday, March 10, 2019

March 6, 2019, from the inauguration of the painting exhibition by Serhad Bapir at the Vafopouloi Cultural Center in Thessaloniki.

I thank my friends, all my fellow artists and the art lovers who honored me with their presence. Be well.

Photos: Nikos Bendilas
























Sunday, March 3, 2019

Serhad Bapir painting exhibition at Vafopouleio Cultural Center of the Municipality of Thessaloniki





  The following text and the biography of Serhad Bapir are included in the two-fold handout which was printed and distributed during his exhibition (March 6-29, 2019) at the Vafopoulio Intellectual Centre, Thessaloniki, Greece.


Our real homeland is said to be our childhood. By childhood we mean the life we have experienced in a place, where our parents’ home, our hometown, the place where we were born and raised, plays the main role.

In the early 19th century the big, powerful countries divided and shared the world to their own benefit, without considering the people’s needs, their national and religious distinctiveness. People of many nations were initially partitioned and found themselves in the various colonies of the big and powerful countries only to consist, later on, the independent countries. Unfortunately, the Kurds were deprived of their indisputable right in self-determination, in a free and independent Kurdistan.

Some people are born in a free nation/country; some others are born as children of a subjected nation, of a religious or a national minority. No one can either select his parents or decide whether to be born in an independent, democratic, flourishing country or a country separated in 4 pieces and divided with barbed wire and mine fields, occupied by four countries, where the teaching of their mother tongue is forbidden, as in the case of the Kurds and Kurdistan. No one can choose where to be born, however he can fight for all the above. This is what the Kurds do, just like so many people in other countries.

In this fight for dignity and the indisputable right of self-determination, dozens of Kurdish towns, like Kobani, Şıngal, Sûr, Cızir, Xurmatû, Εfrin and thousands of villages have been torn down by ISIS and the Turkish and Iranian countries within the last four years. Millions of people have been uprooted from their ancestral hearth.

It is said that borders divide people, and that sounds good. Those who think of it bear in mind the boundaries of independent nations-countries and seem to disregard the case of people who have not accomplished to create their own country yet. In this case, the lack of national boundaries makes things tragic.
  
I’m talking about the case of the Kurds and Kurdistan. Though there are historical, demographic and natural boundaries, Kurdistan is occupied and divided in four parts, among four dictatorships (Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria). That’s the reason why there are no official boundaries between Kurdistan and other neighbouring countries. On the contrary, the boundaries of those neighbours have been placed upon the body of Kurdistan and have split the Kurds themselves.

The Kurds, who fight for their freedom, are often chased; even chemical weapons are used against them, they often trespass these unfair boundaries, which divide their country, and are forced to become refugees in their own fatherland.

This section of my work is focused on this issue: to depict the Kurds who fight. Moreover to depict borders preventing Kurds from acquiring their national unity; inhabited areas which are being destroyed, military outposts on borders watching this outrage, whereas far away, across the skyline the sea, and old ships are waiting to lead some people down to their “wet grave” or an unknown future as refugees 6/3/2019
Serhad Bapir

Serhad Bapir was born in 1964 in Tetwan, Kurdistan. In 1984 he escaped to Greece, where he stayed as a political refugee. He received a scholarship from  Institute Kurde De Paris for his studies from 1985 to 1992. From 1987 to 1992 he studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and attended the workshops of professors D. Kontos and V. Demetrea. From 2001 to 2007 he also studied evgraving (second degree) at the same Faculty with professor X. Sahinis.

He has been working in the Secondary Education since 1997. He has been a member of the Greek Chamber of Arts as well as the Fine Arts artists Association of Northern Greece and the Association of Greek engravers. He has carried out 8 individual exhibitions in Greece and Sweden and has also participated in more than 100 team exhibitions in Greece and abroad. His artworks are in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.
The exhibition will run until March 29, 2019.

Days - Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 17.00 - 21.00
                                                                    Saturday: 9.00 - 14.00

Vafopouleio Cultural Center: 3, G. Vapopoulou street, 546 46 Thessaloniki, tel .: 2310 424 132-3



Monday, July 23, 2018

Landscape, 2018, acrylic, 121x144 cm




Landscape, 2018, acrylic, 121x144 cm



Few words about Dystopia

It is said that "the real homeland is our childhood". It is understood that this childhood as a living experience takes place in a place where the father's home, the village or the city where one grows and grows one plays the central role.

The great powerful states of the world at the altar of their interests, at the beginning of the last century, disregarding the right to self-determination of peoples, their national and religious peculiarities, shared the world with each other. So many divided peoples initially found themselves in various colonies of large states and then in the newly independent states. Unfortunately, the Kurds lacked the self-evident right to self-determination in a free and independent Kurdistan.

Some people are born in a free nation/state and some are born as children of an enslaved nation, a religious or ethnic minority. As no one can choose his parents, no one can choose whether he wants to be born in an independent, democratic and prosperous country or in a country divided into four pieces, occupied by four states, with barbed wire, minefields and with forbidden the teaching of their mother tongue, as in the case of the Kurds and Kurdistan. No one can choose who will be born but can fight for all this. This is what the Kurds do, as do many other peoples.

In this struggle, over the last four years, dozens of Kurdish cities such as Kobani, Şıngal, Sûr, Cızir, Xurmatû and thousands of villages have been razed by ISIS and by the Turkish and Iraqi states. Millions of people have been uprooted from their ancestral homes, so is the case at Efrin.

In this section of my work, I worked on this issue: Residual areas that are destroyed, borders and military outposts that monitor barbarity and on the horizon a sea of rotten ships that will lead some people to the wet tomb or an uncertain future of refuge.
26-02-2018

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Kurds voted for Kurdish Independence




The Kurds, along with all ethnic and religious minorities in the southern Kurdistan region, voted in a referendum on Kurdistan independence on 25 September 2017.

The Kurds, with great enthusiasm and determination, went to the polls in spite of the threats of Iraq and the other three dictatorial and racist states (Turkey, Iran and Syria) who are in the possession of the other three parts of Kurdistan.

The Supreme Independent Election Authority and the Kurdistan Referendum today 27-9-2017 announced the first official results of the referendum on Kurdish independence.

Participation in the referendum was 72.16%. Of the valid ballots, 92.73% was in favor of the independence of Kurdistan's southern part from Iraq and 7.27% of independence.

The Kurds are expecting and hoping to mediate large states and international organizations so that the Iraqi state can accept Kurdistan leaving Iraq by dialogue and peace.

We Kurds also look for the support and solidarity of the international community in favor of the self-evident democratic right to decide on their self-determination.

The Kurds are determined in every way and every honor to defend their great victory in the referendum and to realize the independence of Kurdistan.

The referendum was the first and at the same time the big step in the course of the Kurds for the independence of Kurdistan and this great day will not be late.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Kurds Decide on the Independence of Kurdistan


The Kurds, together with all the ethnic and religious minorities in the southern Kurdistan region on 25 September 2017, vote in a referendum on the self-evident, namely the independence of the southern Kurdistan region from the artificial and dissolute state called Iraq.

This part of Kurdistan has an area roughly like that of Austria or the Czech Republic and has a population of around 8-9 million inhabitants.

The status quo imposed by the then imperialist forces (England and France) in 1923 with the Lausanne agreement in cooperation with the two reactive and racist states of the region (Turkey of Kemal and Persian Shah) against the Kurdish nation and of Kurdistan now dissolves.

The independence of this part of Kurdistan is the beginning in the course of the struggle of the Kurdish nation, which has a population of about 50 million in total for the future united and independent Kurdistan.

So self-determination! 
Independence of Kurdistan now!


From the Campaign for the Independence of Kurdistan, Hewlêr 22-9-2017. Photo: Seid Veroj

From the Campaign for the Independence of Kurdistan, Hewlêr 22-9-2017. Photo: Kurdistan 24



Sunday, August 7, 2016

Group exhibition of the Visual Artists Association of Northern Greece, entitled "Art Trails in Olympus'

Group exhibition of the Visual Artists Association of Northern Greece, entitled "Art Trails in Olympus' at Center of Mediterranean Mosaics Dion

From 10/08/2016 to 09/10/2016

Call the group exhibition of the Visual Artists Association of Northern Greece



Poster of the group exhibition of the Visual Artists Association of Northern Greece


Landscape, 2016, acrylic, 25 x 30 cm

Landscape, 2016, acrylic, 25 x 30 cm

Landscape, 2016, acrylic, 25 x 30 cm

Landscape, 2016, acrylic, 25 x 30 cm

Landscape, 2016, acrylic, 25 x 30 cm

Landscape, 2016, acrylic, 25 x 30 cm

Landscape, 2016, acrylic, 25 x 30 cm

Landscape, 2016, acrylic, 25 x 30 cm

Landscape, 2016, acrylic, 25 x 30 cm

Landscape, 2016, acrylic, 25 x 30 cm