Adel Abidin was born in Baghdad (1973) and currently resides between Helsinki and Amman. He received a B.A. in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad (2000) and an M.F.A from the Academy of Fine Arts in Time and Space Art in Helsinki (2005).
Since his representation of Finland at the Nordic Pavilion in the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), his work has been the subject of major exhibitions worldwide. Abidin’s work continues to be well represented in both private and public collections.
Abidin has been selected for the Finland Prize for Arts in 2015, received a Five Years Grant from The Art Council of Finland (2012-2017) and in 2011 he was a nominee for the Ars Fennica Prize in Finland.
We Came to Kill Your Father
Neon Text Sculpture
Dimension: 17 x 400 cm
The neon text sculpture, was inspired by a real story of a young girl who during the Finnish civil war opened the door to a group of men who were knocking on her home’s front door. They simply told upon opening the door: “we came to kill your father.” – a long suppressed and painful memory that took decades for her to finally share.
As the history repeats itself, the doors are keep being knocked and the same sentence is being spoken.