Later on he realized his enormous affinity with clay, an affinity based on his homeland and his childhood. Here lays the base for his decorations of the ceramic forms and objects.
He draws in the clay, prints motives, and also makes small alterations to the form of the object. Those who have visited archeological sites should be able to recall this feeling. What on first sight seems just a heap of stones, carries numerous marks of the life of ages ago. Clay, as matter or as a product, always carries signs of a past.
Interaction How does a co-operation like this actually work? Brigitte makes the form.
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Qassim works on it from all sides. Brigitte then uses engobes, oxides, pigments, glazes and salt. The result of all this is seen as soon as the piece comes out of the kiln. One gets the impression that they work independently from each other , but this is not true. There is action and reaction: interaction.
Sometimes when Brigitte starts working there is nothing but a title. They may choose the colour of the clay, dimensions, atmosphere, details perhaps , but then Qassim has to leave it to Brigitte, he cannot guide her hands. For every piece she has to choose the glazes, to work out accents , to brighten up some details. Up to a certain point she knows how the different glazes work together and what their colour will be after firing.
She very often uses many colours and you can imagine that the process needs super concentrated work. It remains an exciting moment for Brigitte when the kiln is opened, to see how the colours have come to life. For Qassim it remains a small miracle. Brigitte adds that Qassim sees the kiln as the third partner in the process. A connecting theme you could imagine is urbanization as the origin of our culture. The forms refer in the first place to ancient cultures between the Euphrates and the Tigris, but you could easily continue from there to our city jungle of today.
These age-old types of human passion for building often have symbolic meanings. The tower connects heaven and earth; the wall protects or divides; the gateway gives the passer-by the choice to enter or to turn back.
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With his drawings and marks Qassim evokes ages of inhabitation, use and, above all, human presence. His style of drawing reminds in a way of Paul Klee — Qassim, who has been through a lot in his life and who certainly does not close his eyes for the evil in the world, shall always state that only love can be the winner.
In his paintings he refers regularly to the fight between good and evil, using nails and even bullets. In the ceramic work he follows much more his dream of a world in harmony. He permits himself a fairy tale, something poetic, light, something to dream about and to enjoy.
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Thanks to the long lasting co-operation with Brigitte Reuter we, the spectators, can share in it. Their work can regularly be seen in the Netherlands. A year earlier they installed a passion-path in the Egyptian Taffeh-temple of this museum. Earlier they were guests of the Art Society in Bahrain. Qassim is now planning an exhibition in het Museum of Art in Baghdad. From November 25, until February 24, their work can to be seen in Museum Gouda. A film about Qassim and the exhibition in Museum Gouda.
Ceramic Fields 'Memory of a Garden'. Ceramic Fields detail 'Memory of a Garden'. Ceramic Fields 'Ocean Stones'. The first stone of the Memorial Museum was laid on December 10, by President Bachelet, who was also a victim of torture during the dictatorship of Pinochet.
Parallel to the construction of the museum, on December 3, , the museum's board was formed, and on January 6, , Romy Schmidt was appointed as its executive director. Finally, President Bachelet inaugurated the museum on January 11, , two months before finishing her term. The museum houses memorabilia of torture devices used during the Pinochet dictatorship, letters to family members by prisoners in detention centers, newspaper clippings, and testimony from survivors.
The museum also includes a philosophical examination of human rights. In , there was an exhibition by Colombian painter Fernando Botero featuring drawings and paintings about the Abu Ghraib tortures.
This was the first international exhibition since In , the museum was host to a human rights-themed film festival, with Chilean and international films focusing on the human rights violations in Chile and Argentina. The event also included panels with young filmmakers, students, and social organizations.
In , the museum also declared it would host a memorial for the victims of the group ETA , a Basque country group that seeks independence from Spain for the Basque region that encompasses northern Spain and a part of southern France. In , the Foundation Museo de la Memoria and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights signed an agreement to established a network of institutions dedicated to this theme.
They plan to coordinate investigation, collaboration, and elaboration of human rights. The agreement will result in conferences and seminars held together, as well as interchange of officials, professional practices, research and publication.