Aghala Museum in Koya city
The definition of the project:
After several years of working as an artist plus organizing many galleries for the community, I found out the lack in Kurdistan and Iraq for not having places for these procedures and professional museums even not having a hall for putting the works that the artistes are doing.
As my history and the proposal that I had and sought to work on, many years I was putting plans for it especially when I had the chance to visit some of the European countries and see the museums that they have and wished to have the same in Kurdistan and Iraq. However, this idea and this plan that I have is my own independent ones from “aghala” and I am answerable for it in its good or ghastly ways. It seems that it has its reasons, and I am going to clarify it, but one thing is that this project will be for the community, and the society will benefit from it one day and will stay a historical place.
This project is not a copy of other projects or places; it is all my ideas even the way of building it “a statue drowns by my hands”. Meanwhile, I bought the colors and the designs for it, even the engineering staff I made it for my project. This museum will be the first museum in Kurdistan and Iraq. This museum will be the worm house for all of the artisans and the students who are dreaming to be artistes one day. Furthermore, there will be areas for other artists to place their works. Also, there will be other places in the building for selling some of these works. Besides, there will be the first library for artists in Kurdistan that contain the best books about art around the world.
From the simple drawing in caves to the modern life in Kurdistan, Kurdish people because of the hard way of their living and what they went through; they could not pay more attention on art and directing it as a job for their daily life. We have the misunderstanding of making this art one of the important ones that we can reach the world by our work and introduce Kurdistan to the globe. For that reason, I think a project like this needs time for people to understand its values, but for any person who visited Amsterdam once will know the rise of economy and the huge amount of tourists that are visiting the place is because of “Van Gogh” museum. Meanwhile, Louver museum and the national art museum in London, which gave the cultural definition of these places to the world, are making tourists visit them.
With the heart broken and the boring, which I faced in this project, I feel exited that within this project, I will do impressive thing to my country and formulate a place for all people to visit and know about.
From the first statue in a very dark and small room where I born in Koya to this Museum where I see my path in life in, this project will be one of the known places in Kurdistan and in the future, I will try to rise it to be the largest project in the area.
The building stage:
From 2008 when I designed the building and got the land as “Musata7a” and as an approval from Nechrvan Mustafa for starting the project, but as they did not give it to me as my own land and I had to give it back to them after 25 years, therefore, I refused the land and gave it back to them. After a while, I bought a 600 meter land by my own money for my project. Unfortunately, the government did not take the project as a serious development for the country while they are giving lands for useless purposes or for their political, religious, and economical purposes.
During the building stage, I tried to use the best materials for my project and always be there for taking care of it. Also, I brought specialized people for building the project and used past and modern designs for example bringing stones from Rawanduz and Qaradakh and bricks from Chamchamal. The place that I chose for my building is on the entry street of Koya and on Koya’s university main road, which is one of the largest universities in Koya after Sulaimaniah and Hawler University. First of all, with the pants engineer of the building, we decided to construct a modern museum, but then from way back, I was amazed with the houses of Koya because of its designs. Therefore, I decided to mix the design and use the shape of Koya’s houses that are two or three floors and built 130 years from now. Meanwhile, I went to Rawanduz and Koya’s mountains, “my views changed” and I decided to use white stones on the face of the house. In addition, I mixed the old designs of the houses in Koya with modern designs for my building.
Then, I visited the museums in Japan and Germany and new thoughts came to my mind, so with the engineer “Ahmed Balkhy” started working on the building and %80 of the project has been completed. Therefore, the gallery is 600 meter and the width of the two flowers is 18 meter and the length is 19 meter with the garden and the fountain.
The importance of the museum’s project:
Museum is a teaching place for serving the community and encouraging art in the society because learning is not complete merely around the classes of education, there should be a place for teaching these talents. I believe that encouraging children and teenagers to the museum and the library will be the best step toward an improved society. Museum is a message for people to know the art that had been done around the world, and to be acquainted with our own art as well. The lack of museums created a history without proving it.
Having museums and galleries will build an enlighten generation. The benefits of museums and galleries have no borders for educating the society. In the meantime, it will create a conscious environment. It is not necessary having a governmental or individual museum while it is helping the community to grow.
Museums and galleried are proud spots of the country to the community to know more about their past. Museums are the reality mirrors of the countries.
The stories of the historical events can be covered through museums and what had been done within the nations.
Museums and galleries will have a big position in rising the economical role within the country because tourists will be supplementary interested to come and know about the civilization further. Another point is that eighty five percent of tourists around the world are more interested in visiting the museums first. Having museums will make students encourage more in their cultural history and try to learn more about it.
Do not be surprised with the fact that museums and galleries are the spaces of studying, it is the places of the historical archives of the scientists and artists and collecting the proves and information of life.
The importance of museums and galleries are places for remembering the past events and future actions. Museums are not only for protecting the simple arts, but they have the roles of improving and reaching the world. Furthermore, for answering the tourists who are we and from where we came? Having the museums will create good communicating with other countries.
The geographical and artist dimension in Koya:
Koya’s region is one of Hawler’s regions, which is in the south-east. Haibat Sultan’s mountains are in the east’s side of it with Sulaimaniah’s governor. Meanwhile Koya has some borders with Kerkuk as well. Koya is surrounded with eleven regions, which some of them are Hawler’s regions and others are with Sulaimaniah and Kerkuk’s regions. From the north, it has borders with Heran and Pirman (Salahaldin), which are Shaqlawa’s regions. From the east, it has borders with (Betwatah, Hajy Awa, and Chwar Qwrna) which are part of Raniah and Khalkan’s town and Dukan’s regain (in Sulaimaniah’s governor). Meanwhile, from the south’s side, it has borders with Shwan and Aaglajar, which are in Kerkuk’s governor. Also, in east and North West have borders with Kasnazan and Daratu Qwshtapa from Hawler’s governor. Therefore, Koya is in
the middle of Kurdistan’s region, and it is a connection between Sulaimaniah, Hawler, and Kerkuk’s roads.
The length of Koya’s region is 243 Km and surrounded with amazing mountains such as Haibat Sultan mountain. The lengthiest border that it has is with Sulaimaniah, which is 116.15 Km and contain %47.7 of Koya’s borders. Koya has mixture religions between Muslims and Christians, and they are living in peace together. The religions in Koya are all Catholics. A statistic in 2002 showed that the numbers of religiouns in Koya are 710 persons. Although Koya has 46 mosques and a very big university, there is no place for museums or galleries for the artists to see themselves in.
Koya known as a cultural and educational place. For example, Koya has (Haji Qadr Koay) who is a nationalist poet and known around Kurdistan for his fabulist works. Besides, Dldar as well is one of the famous poets in Kurdistan, and the famous singer Tahir Tawfiq Wadeway. On the other hand, Koya has the most famous politicians whom are Jalal Talabanay, Fuaad Karim Ahmed, and Ali Abdullah.
From 2004, Koya has a very big university that has 16 departments such as, language, petroleum engineering, aarchitectural engineering, technical departments, and computer science. Also, it has places for taking master and PhDs. Meanwhile, it has arts departments such as drawing, music, and theater.
In the twentieth century and until nowadays, Koya has a musical group with the name (Bawajy group). The majority of Koya’s artists are musicians. The minorities are drawings and theater and the reason goes back for having many intelligent musician teachers in the rejoin such as (Mala Asaad Tahir Tawfiq, Bakury, Zahir Madanaw Anwar, and Wrya Ahmed).
One of the reasons of the success in Koya’s region is because of its natural nature that the University is near to Haibat Sultan’s mountain and (Aagala’s museum) will be on the main road in front of Koya’s university and under Haibat Sultan’s mountain. Therefore, this museum will be the only one for art in Koya and Kurdistan.
Moreover, Koya known by its oil sources such as (Taqtaq and Shewashok), which are the richest resource in the south Kurdistan. The government of Kurdistan for the first time discovered oil in the place was in 1995 and nothing from the oil’s money spent for Koya’s region…. for sure nothing spent for art.
How the project built:
The land is 600 meter and has two floors, which the width of the two floors is 18 meter and the length is 19 meter with the garden and the fountain.
The name of the museum will be (Aagala’s museum).
The design of the museum will be like the global museums around the world. Hence I bought some statues because these kinds of statues will make the museum (similar to the global museums). For the meantime, it will not be specialized for males’ works, but it will include all gender’s efforts.
The building has two grounds:
First floor will be for artisans works, and it contain three open rooms to the room. The first room will be as a library, and the books will be focused on (fine arts and engineering with all of its parts specifically petroleum, computer and aarchitecture).
Second room will be a path for going to the second floor, and there will be some plants.
Third room will be a management room for taking care of the museum. The walls of the third room will be a place for showing the statues of the artisans’ works.
The second floor will be a place for showing the photographs of the region’s history and some drawings. It contains two other open rooms, one for providing the (sorry not clear).
Within the plan that I prepared, this museum will be a sustainable one and from the beginning five of my friends from Koya helped me voluntarily to develop this project. I think monthly I need to put 1000$ for this project. However, paying for water, electricity, technical issues, broking some statues and buying them again, should the government help me with when they realize that it has been an accurate project and needs financial support.
Additionally, the museum opens its arms for the non governmental organizations for combining and helping the community by some individual works to improve this project.
For 15 years working and managing a gallery (Zamwa’s gallery) we had a small library. Then, in 2008, I bought 60 books for the library… which drawers in Kurdistan never seen them. We could make people and students pay attention to our small gallery by reading the books, and the people who were working in the gallery read the books as well because of their being in the gallery all the day. Because of that, I want to open a library in my project, which includes books for fine art, computer, petroleum, architecture and other departments of engineering. Meanwhile, master students will benefit from the library because other libraries do not have good sources, and I think in Kurdistan we at least have 10 reliable books for the two departments that I talked about. Thus, my request is for giving me an amount of money to buy some good books in English and Arabic, meanwhile some in Kurdish and Persian language.
Note: the room that has been provided as a library is 6.5 meter long and 5 meter wide