WAR soldiers have NO NAME.
WAR soldiers have NO FACE.
WAR soldiers have NO FUTURE.
In 2012, more U.S. soldiers died by suicide than on the battlefield in Afghanistan. Veterans first experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after returning from their deployment. They suffer and keep everything to themselves for many years before seeking help or opening up to other people.
Ghass Rouzkhosh was one of half a million nameless soldiers who fought in the Iran-Iraq War, also known as the First Persian Gulf War (1980-88). The armed conflict between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq was the 20th century’s longest conventional war after the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-45).
Today, Ghass Rouzkhosh is no nameless soldier anymore. Neither is he a veteran who gave up on his life. Or gave up hope.
Ghass Rouzkhosh is one of the most successful and promising painters of abstract art. The first time I saw his paintings, I could literally feel their vehemence. Their violent impact. And I felt the urge to discover the man behind those powerful works of art. And to tell the story of an artist who is ahead of his time…
7 Stories In The Life Of Ghass Rouzkhosh is a story in seven video interviews. The first one is entitled Painting Gave A Sense To My Life.
VIDEO: “PAINTING GAVE A SENSE TO MY LIFE” (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
Videos, interview & translation: Yolanda Di Mambro
VIDEO: “LA PEINTURE A DONNÃ‰ UN SENS Ã€ MA VIE” (WITH GERMAN SUBTITLES)
Photo: Yolanda Di Mambro
Photo of the painting “Alphabet du bonheur” (on the cover): Courtesy of Ghass Rouzkhosh