Tokyo: Paint After Pain – Art festival 2008 – A Humanitarian Message

DI member organisation: Baran Art Association based in Japan is holding its forthcoming art festival in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum which is one of the first galleries in Japan not to be dedicated to the works of a single artist.

Over 500 artists from around the globe are invited to display their art works at the event.


JAALA & Baran Art festival 2008


Place: Tokyo Metropolitan museum (on JR line, Ueno station)

Time: July 7th- 17th 2008

Artists participating: over 500 artists all over the world


DI Defender Mr. Simko Ahmed, founder of Baran Art Association and board member of JAALA (Japan Asia, Africa and Latin America’s Art Association), has personally been involved in selecting over 40 artists to join the festival.

For more information please contact DI Defender at:


List of Some Artists:

Simko Ahmed 5 art works
 Ako Garib  2 art works
 Rostam Aghala  2 art works
 Namiq Hama  2 art works
 Ali Jola 2 art works
Hama Fatah  2 art works
 Arsalan Ahmed  2 art works
 Sarcel Shawqi  2 art works
 Aram Ali  2 art works
 Dilshad Bahadin  1 art work
 Bahaiden  2 art works
 Dara Aram  2 art works
 Rushdi Anwar  2 art works
 Ilyas Kirkan  2 art works



Statement by DI Defender and JAALA board member:

Mr. Simko Ahmed



Pain made me to hold brushes and love makes me to continue

It is not easy for imaginative flowers of Artists and Writers to grow freely. Yet the slow rain of freedom falls through intervening hardships of civilization and the fertile land embraces all truths. The freedom to express, to hear, to work and create requires we artists to maintain a pure nature so that we can understand nature itself. We need a free tongue to sing a free song. We have to break the chains that shackle our hands so that we can draw our tablets faithfully.

Art is a humanitarian and colorful message, where conception fingers dance on the vocals of idea, beauty and reality. The artist posts a message into the human conscience with the wideness of conception — eyes light and love of the human heart travel the right and wide roads of history. If the artist’s message is not one of human affairs and the means of freedom and equality, then history’s gate is never opened and the artist remains a dweller outside history, blind of the future.

I believe art is a violin, its substance a bow on the strings of conception. A beautiful symphony cannot be played with wry fingers of dark and reactionary thought, but can with hands that never clap to crime exploitation and never vote for darkness.

So let all the pretty precious light things spread into the world of real art through fingers which get the sun to throw its rays to human beings FOREVER.

Simko Ahmed

Gallery of Sad Lands