This is the Artwork of the Golol Gallery that show the different times of the Somali culture and the various walks of live from violence to peace from honor to pride from nomads to beautiful African traditions and each artwork individually tells a story.
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The Idea of Parallel Art Gallery
Golol Art Gallery was established in 1987 by renowned Somali artists and intellectuals to promote and sustain the cultural identity collected by generations of Somali historians. The aim was to protect Somali heritage from malice and as propaganda by the socialist government to suit its own selfish ends.
For example, those days the interest of the ‘oil rich Arabs’ was to assimilate culturally and religiously the Somali people using the failed Scientific Socialist leaders and risk the cultural identity of the Somali people. Therefore the club of the historians whose ideas were to preserve artifacts of national value, upgrade talent of Somali artists, and advance human development, and sustain Somali identity have come up with the idea of forming Golol Art Gallery to safe-keep and safe-guard the national identity and the history of the Somali People. The founding artist desired to develope the art and artifacts representing culture, history and identity of the Somalis.
Therefore, Golol Art Gallery born since that day; is a non-profit, charitable organization. Golol Art Gallery was the first and the last independent Gallery of its kind ever established in Somalia. It is based in the capital city of Mogadishu and was open to the public in 1987. The Gallery contained over 1123 different artifacts and valuable paintings before the collapse of the government. However, I was able to redeem and presered only 34 pieces out of 1123 collected artifacts. We do hope that these paintings carry missing historical and cultural link, which will give interest both the community and the scholars.
The long-standing Somali civil war and the preceding collapse of the last military regime resulted in an unimaginable devastation and near total destruction of the nation’s heritage. Which destroyed cultural memories, archives as well as historical centers such as the National Museum, National Academy? Since the demise of the military government, Somalia has had no functional authority that could support the restoration and preservation of precious fine arts and paintings, nor does the country have an embassy in United Kingdom to promote its culture/tradition and community cohesion.
The nature of this kind of work is beyond the capacity of individuals or small organizations. In order to share these priceless artifacts with the Somali community in UK and the wider international community, I officially request the Brunei Gallery to sponsor and support a four-week exhibition of these paintings in their premises. I believe that the exhibition will have a paramount importance to, not only the young Somali generation born and bred in the UK, but the international community as well to understand the destruction of culture and life of the Somali Society.
The Somali youth have known nothing but destruction and violence in their country of origin. It is this belief that the exhibition may also generate enormous interest in the arts among them, scholars and the international community. In this regard, we welcome any assistance and support received from any concerned individuals and statutory organization in the UK.