'Until you leave it, you don't know what is home'

Artist Shorsh Saleh has created a series of works for the Refugees exhibition at IWM London, including five miniature paintings and two handwoven carpets based on Saleh’s journey from Iraqi Kurdistan to the UK.

The works relate to the process of leaving behind his homeland, the two years of travelling across borders illegally and the eight years of waiting for asylum in the UK.

The carpets were designed by Saleh and made by a group of Kurdish weavers as part of the artist’s project Chenin, which aims to revive the ancient tradition of Kurdish weaving in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The artworks were on display as part of Refugees: Forced to Flee.


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