Space21 is and annual festival for sound art and experimental music in Kurdistan-Iraq. Since 2017, Space21 organized sound exhibitions and concerts in the cities of Slemani, Erbil and Duhok presenting works by national and international artists in public spaces.. Space21’s vision is to promote sound art for audiences by using public spaces as an artistic arena. Moreover, Space21’s goal is to explore new perspectives onto the culture of everyday life through sound. By focusing on listening, Space21 aims to open possibilities for audiences to have new experiences of the places where they live and work, nurturing new understandings of modern society and its struggles.
A brief history of Space 21; this exhibition started in 2017 when I went back to Kurdistan with my own audio equipment. I wanted to experiment by presenting sound art and contemporary art that included video art, in various public spaces in Slemani and Erbil. The art works were by various local and international artists. After this event I realized that there is a crucial need of this art form in our culture; to think through sound. This approach motivated me to start with the idea of Space 21.
Founder and Curator