Sadik Kwaish Alfraji - Happiness is a kind of sorrow

For Safina Radio Project’s first ‘travelogue’, Happiness is a kind of sorrow, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji in conversation with Wael Hattar, discusses his practice before and after escaping from Iraq in the early 1990s.

 

For Safina Radio Project’s first ‘travelogue’, Happiness is a kind of sorrow, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji in conversation with Wael Hattar, discusses his practice before and after escaping from Iraq in the early 1990s.

The artist discusses the impact of migration and displacement on his creative practice, in particular the transitions in memory and reflection over time. Born in Bagdad in 1960, at the age of 31, Alfraji left Iraq bound for Jordan to study. Within four years he had moved to Holland, where he now lives and works.

As an introduction to the series of conversations, this piece took place at Alserkal Avenue’s A4 space, in Dubai.

Later, in Venice, as a follow up to this conversation, the artist reads in Arabic from texts that accompany his works: Godot and Sisyphus Goes on Demonstration

 

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, etchings, 1984
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji