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Iranian sculptor's desire for artistic freedom takes him across region

Iranian Kurdish sculptor Seywan Saeedian's life takes him across borders in a conflict-torn region, where artistic independence often comes at a steep price.
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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — At an award ceremony in Iran two decades ago, Iranian Kurdish sculptor Seywan Saeedian had the audacity to criticize the regime, setting in motion the events that would force him into a nomadic life in a turbulent region, where arts often go hand in hand with war, politics and dissent.

For the past four years, the 47-year-old has lived in Diyarbakir, the largest city of Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, where his hallmark sculptures of scrap metal adorn several public spaces.

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