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Themes of ‘Archaic’ #2: Art and War

When curating the exhibition ‘Archaic’ for the Iraq Pavilion, curators Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo selected themes within the archaic that are the precursor to any civilization. Among these, is the theme of war. While two of the participating artists at the Pavilion addressed war and conflict, here we highlight recent work by lesser-known Iraqi…
Cartoon 

Art and Politics: August Cartoon Series

The Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn ‘Art and Politics’, a new cartoon series for the month of August, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. The Beautiful Paintings Politician: Beautiful Paintings… Politician: …but frankly, I prefer paintings that are exhibited outside of galleries, on the streets and in public squares Politician: …they can be admired by…
Interview 

“A country without history is rootless”: Baghdad-based photographer Hadi Al Najjar

Hadi Al Najjar (b. 1957) is a well known and established photographer in Iraq and President of the Society of Iraqi Photographers in Baghdad. His recent work ‘Beyond the City Lights’, focused on the destitute and marginalized communities living in the old districts of Baghdad. Streets such as Al-Rashid and Al-Mutanabbi are the last remaining…
Essay 

Themes of ‘Archaic’ #1: ‘Earth’ by archaeologist Dr. Jane Moon OBE

For the exhibition ‘Archaic,’ curators Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo selected themes within the archaic that are the precursor to any civilization. For the first blog in this series, archaeologist Dr. Jane Moon reflects on the theme of ‘earth’ and what this means for the ancient civilizations of southern Iraq, and archaeologists today. Dr. Jane…
Cartoon 

The Image of War: July Cartoon Series by Khudair Alhimyari

The Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn ‘The Image of War, a new cartoon series for the month of July. Below is a dialogue between a journalist and a cameraman (right to left). Journalist: First, take a long shot of the impact of war and destruction on houses and streets. Journalist: Then, take a medium…