Thursday 29 June 2023

KRG Mission and partners showcase Younes Mohammad's award-winning photography

Washington DC, USA ( – The Kurdistan Regional Government Representation to the United States, in partnership with Spirit of America, Justice for Kurds, and Kurdish Professionals, showcased the work of award-winning Kurdish photographer Younes Mohammad in the United States.

About 30 of Mr Mohammad’s photographs, capturing daily life in Kurdistan, the fight against ISIS and the scars of war, were on display from June 22 to June 29, 2023, in Nashville, the US Congress and at the KRG Representation in Washington DC.

Younes Mohammad's photography encapsulates the essence of everyday life, portraying the emotions and experiences of ordinary people with remarkable depth and authenticity. Through his lens, he tells stories of love, sacrifice, courage, and friendship, offering a compelling insight into the human spirit.

KRG Representative Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman said, ‘Younes Mohammad has shown exceptional courage in capturing images that depict the harsh realities of the war against ISIS, while also portraying the vibrancy and diversity of life in Kurdistan. We are pleased to be able to help bring his pictures to American audiences and thank our partners in making this possible.’

The first exhibition took place on June 22 and 23 at the Nashville Metropolitan Courthouse in Tennessee, which garnered the attention of local residents, officials and media. The KRG Representation hosted a lunch in honor Mr Mohammad with Nashville’s Mayor, John Cooper, President of the Sister-Cities Board Mina Nash, members of the City Council and representatives of the Kurdish community in Nashville.

Mr Mohammad’s exhibition is part of the KRG Representation’s cultural outreach in the United States and in support of the sister-city partnership that Erbil and Nashville are about to establish. Nashville Metro Council members will vote whether to approve a sister-city agreement on July 6, holding great promise for fostering a meaningful collaboration between Nashville and Erbil.

The second exhibition was held at the Rayburn House Congressional Office Building in the US Capitol on June 28. It welcomed a diverse audience, including members of Congress, staff, and the public.

The final event took place at the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation on June 29, beginning with a viewing of Mr Mohammad's striking photography and concluding with a reception in honor of the artist.

The KRG Representation thanks the Spirit of America, Kurdish Professionals, and Justice For Kurds for their invaluable and essential partnership that made the exhibition and reception not only possible but also a success.