Ava Nadir is an Iraqi artist based in Kurdistan, known for her provocative and controversial pieces and subjects mostly related to women under war and fear, and women’s rights between culture and religion. Having lived most of her life under war, her inspiration comes from her life experiences as a woman living under political, social, cultural, and religious pressure. Her series, Silence of the Words, was inspired by the oppression of women under religious extremism. She studied Fine Art and Computer Science Baghdad and Business in London. Ava implements her projects through multimedia and her work also encompass performance, film, lights, and sound as forms of documentation. Her project How Long is Enough in which she documented the suffering of the displaced people in Iraq was featured in many international media outlets. Currently is working as member of Iraqi Media and Telecom commission where she is also leading the women empowerment initiative in the commission.
“Art touches minds and hearts for action and change, use your art to unlock society’s understanding for gender equality”