Ali Hassan Zaman acquired the prize from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after coming into the Worldwide Hilya al-Sharif Contest held in Turkey.
“It’s such an superior feeling when you’re awarded by a president of a state and also you see the result of your efforts,” stated Zaman.
Hilya is a bodily description of the Prophet Mohammed that has been developed as an ornamental artwork kind by calligraphers and illuminators.
Talking on the award ceremony, Erdogan stated, “Our ancestors’ particular efforts in calligraphy and Hilya al-Sharif stem from our profound and heartfelt love for our Prophet.”
Zaman, 46, a local of Ranya on the north shore of Dukan Lake, now lives together with his partner and two youngsters in Istanbul. He has labored as a goldsmith however has been specializing in calligraphy for 5 years.
He instructed Rudaw “Greater than 700 folks took half within the competitors. As a result of I used to be among the many prime ten individuals, Recep Tayyip Erdogan awarded me.”
Zaman’s piece might be displayed in one among Turkey’s museums, he defined, and he acquired a certificates and a money prize.
He has additionally been supplied Turkish citizenship.
“Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to supply Turkish citizenship to me, my partner and two youngsters,” Zaman stated. “I’m engaged on this. I’ll in all probability change into a Turkish citizen a close to future.”
Zaman stated he has no plans to return to the Kurdistan Area, saying he’s snug in Istanbul, “as a result of I really feel that my works are appreciated and given significance right here.”
He didn’t obtain related appreciation for his artwork in Ranya, he defined. “As soon as I opened an exhibition in Ranya and referred to as on the mayor to open it and see the works, however he didn’t come.”
Zaman’s partner helps his work. “Generally he asks for my session in his works, and I provide him ideas,” she instructed Rudaw. “He typically accepts my ideas. It occurred typically after he put my ideas in follow, they changed into lovely works.”
Zaman beforehand got here first within the Safer worldwide calligraphist competitors held in Najaf in 2016.
One other Kurd, Zeyad Muhandis from Erbil, was additionally awarded by the Turkish president within the competitors.
5 others, Farhad Yasen, Khalil Mantik, Saman Kaka Dewan, Serwan Barzinji, and Marewan Salih, ranked between 11th and 20th within the competitors and acquired awards from the Turkish Ministry of Tradition.