Kurdish Culture // Tishk Barzanji

A few months ago we were introduced to the work of Tishk Barzanji by Rang at Nandine. Nandine are setting up their new home within Peckham Levels opening this December, offering the very best in contemporary Kurdish cuisine – as you know!

Nandine are currently busy working behind the scenes on their rebrand, set to launch in line with our own opening. Rang and the team have been working closely with fellow Kurdish creative Tishk Barzanji, and we couldn’t be more excited.

We asked Rang from Nandine how he came across the work of Tishk, a fellow Kurdish contemporary?

“I found him through social media, I’m quite active in the Kurdish art scene but never had he popped up before. I saw his work and made an instant connection to Nandine. We sat down and I introduced him to the family. We both wanted to promote each other’s work, as it’s not every day you find a Kurd pushing boundaries in their field. Sort of just kicked off from there!”

Tishk is a Kurdish artist, born in Iraq, who has been living and working in Dalston since 1998. Tishk’s surreal and dreamlike pastel lands are instantly recognisable and offer an instant moment of calm and escapism.

The subtext to his works, however, offer a more sombre insight into feelings of isolation and anxiety. Most recently Tishk has been working with artist Charlotte Edey, on their collaborative body of work and exhibition ‘Quiet Utopia’. The pair work together on themes of introspection and isolation and how both can be a useful part of the creative process in a world where we are never not connected.

“Conversely, my experience of isolation came from a negative place. When my anxiety was strong, I spent many months indoors, detached with society. I couldn’t bear busy places, and my imagination became my escapism. I imagined a door, that would take me to another place, a quiet calm place where my mind was clear. Doors and stairs feature in my work for this reason.”

We hope to welcome Tishk and his work to Peckham Levels in the new year, hosting talks and workshops to the local community around the issues confronted through his work.

Be sure to connect with us through our social channels and newsletters as we launch the new look and feel to South London’s favorite Kurdish family, Nandine, in collaboration with Tishk Barzanji – coming soon.

You can catch Tishk Barzanji & Charlotte Edeys Exhibition at Palm Vaults until Friday 27th October. Tishk will also be talking at Somerset House this Tuesday as part of a panel of artists, who will each offer their own unique visions, stories and practice. This promises to be an insightful and thought-provoking discussion into the lives and minds of a new generation of young artists.