Chemical bombs have deeply impacted Kurdish people over the years. These bombs have left a distressing and fatal memory on the people’s minds, having taken the lives of many individuals, including family members who still live alongside the bombs. As time has passed, the bombs have become deeply entwined with these families, forming a shared history and collective memory. The aftermath of these bombings has left people with profound questions about coexisting with the weapons that took their loved ones and destroyed their homes and grappling with the challenges of moving forward and living alongside such deadly objects.
Photographer Zardasht Osman’s long-term photographic project spanning nine years throughout Kurdistan, covering its southern, northern, eastern, and western parts, aims to emphasize the bond between families who have endured profound losses and the lasting impact of the bombs within their homes. Through the composition of the photos, he has juxtaposed the fallen members of these families with the bombs that still coexist within their households, evoking a sense of nostalgia that is integral to these families’ lives. As a result, many of these houses have transformed into war museums, as there is no official war museum in the cities to commemorate the tragic events that claimed numerous lives. Photos: Zardasht Osman/Metrography