Toronto specializing in contemporary photography


Inshallah (2009 – 2011)

Artist Statement

Inshallah (“God willing” in Arabic) is a project that explores the Soviet and American occupations of Afghanistan, and draws on my childhood fantasies that romanticize the military and intertwine with my past and present personal conflicts. I create a dark fairytale filled with my fears and dreams, based on my fascination with the army’s strength and order, set on the front lines of what has become America’s longest running war in history. Mesmerized by the complexity of the Afghan chaos, I strive to better comprehend my personal relationship to these wars: two empires, two mentalities, same battlefield, twelve years apart.

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Inshallah, Kehrer Verlag, 2014
Dima Gavrysh, with a text by Douglas Nickel
Editor: Alla Zarifyan; Designed by Teun van der Heijden
Hardcover, English, 108 pages
ISBN: 978-3-86828-468-3


Inshallah, Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR) – January 2015
Inshallah, Davis Orton Gallery (Hudson, NY) – Summer 2014
Embedded: Donald Weber + Dima Gavrysh, Circuit Gallery (Toronto) – April 2014
Inshallah, Pictura Gallery (Bloomington, IN) – 2013


Cleveland Museum of Art