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New mural by Behjat Omer Abdulla in the center of Oslo

News: Feb 01, 2019

The artist Behjat Omer Abdulla has made a new work at the Kirkeristen in Dronningens gate. In the mural he draws inspiration from a Swedish phenomenon called Resignation syndrome: refugee children who seem to lose the will to live and disappear into sleep.

“Through writing and drawing, I want to touch the viewer in a way unlike the newspaper, television and other media, dragging the story to a different environment, making it accessible to more people, particularly audiences in an art context.” Behjat Omer Abdulla says.

Behjat Omer Abdulla is a Kurdish visual artist, living in Gothenburg. Through his art, he conveys feelings and stories about war, often through individual destinies and with a focus on experiences that can hardly be explained or shared. Abdulla's art often creates debate and reflection on war, visualization of war, refugee experiences and living conditions.



With the work "Resignation Syndrome" he investigate the phenomenon of "resignation syndrome". The syndrome first received media attention in 2005, when it was formally named in Sweden. The paralysis occurs among refugee children after learning that their family will be returned to their home country. The children, who had no previous underlying physical or neurological disease, lose their desire to live.

The children are mostly from countries of the former Soviet Union and former Yugoslavia.



"They are like snow-white," reported a Swedish doctor to The New Yorker. "They disappear into sleep and away from this world."

The work mounted at Kirkeristen in Dronningens gate 27, is dedicated to the children afflicted with “resignation syndrome”


About Behjat Omer Abdulla


Behjat Omer Abdulla is a Kurdish artist, educated at Staffordshire University, UK and the Valand Academy, Gothenburg University. He works with mixed media, mainly drawing, photography and video installation. Through his art, he conveys feelings and stories about war, often through individual destinies and with a focus on experiences that can hardly be explained or shared. Through his art projects he creates debate and reflection on war, visualization of war, refugee experiences and living conditions. Behjat has participated in a number of exhibitions internationally, including Tate Modern and Southbank Centre in London, and the Drone Vision exhibition at the Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg. Behjat Omer Abdulla lives and works in Sweden: www.behjatomer.com

About Kulturbyrået Mesén

Kulturbyrået Mesén has curated and produced the work. Kulturbyrået Mesén is an independent firm with four employees, based in Oslo, Norway. Since 1999 they have specialised in designing, planning and carrying out artistic, cultural and outreach projects from idea to realisation, mostly temporary art projects in public space.: www.mesen.no

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