Ali Latif

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Ali Latif (born July 1, 1944 in Sulaimaniyya / Iraq ; † July 18, 2009 in Darmstadt ) was a Kurdish painter and athlete who is well known in his home country for prizes, the press and television.


Ali Latif taught himself painting largely self-taught . He had solo exhibitions at the National Museum Baghdad, the Al Rasheed Gallery Baghdad, and the Sulaimaniyya City Museum. At exhibitions in the Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Italy, France, Poland, Turkey, Romania, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, etc. a. was he involved. Because of his art and the views he represented, criticism of the regime and representation of nudity, he was persecuted by Saddam Hussein's regime and at the same time by the Islamists . He was the captain of the Sulaimaniyya football league team . He was also the captain of the first division basketball team as well as coach and referee and even made it to the Olympic referee, although as a Kurd he was denied participation by the Ba'ath regime.

In 1994 he and his family fled to Germany, where he was granted political asylum and was later naturalized. In Darmstadt he worked as a freelance artist and also worked as a book and CD illustrator a . a. for Johannes Jourdan . He also wrote song lyrics for his son, the Kurdish musician Dilan Latif.


The city of Darmstadt writes about a vernissage of the artist: “He is one of the most recognized artists in his homeland Kurdistan but also in Iraq, which is shown in solo exhibitions that he has in the national museum of modern art in Baghdad and in the Al Rasheed gallery in Baghdad had. "

Exhibitions (selection)

  • 1983 Sulaimaniya Museum (individual)
  • 1987 National Museum of Modern Art Baghdad, Iraq (E)
  • 1992 Sulaimaniya Museum (E)
  • 1995 Technical University of Darmstadt (E);
  • 2000 State Theater Darmstadt (participation)
  • 2002 "Darmstadt - The City - The Art - The People", Pro Regio Galerie, Darmstadt (E)

Web links

Individual evidence

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