Kurdish illustrator Tishk Barzanji explores isolation and anxiety in his surrealist urban landscapes

By Jenny Brewer

Kurdish illustrator Tishk Barzanji makes surreal, dreamy landscapes in pastel shades, yet the subtext is more sombre than the aesthetic conveys. The foreground in most of the works is dominated by walls, Escher-like staircases and impossible architecture, and Tishk tells It’s Nice That it depicts a personal challenge he once faced.

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