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Rematerialising Mosul’s Textile History

Dr Zena Kamash is a Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology and Art, Department of Classics, Royal Holloway University of London. One of the (many) things that has always fascinated me about Neo-Assyrian reliefs is the intricate details of the clothes and their decoration; I could spend, and have spent, hours gazing at them. It is…
Interview 

Regional Conversations: Osama Khaled’s Science Fiction in Yemen

Osama Khaled is a young filmmaker currently based between Sana’a, Yemen and Berlin, Germany. Khaled’s most recent work, The Helmet, is a science-fiction short set in war-torn Sana’a and is currently in post-production. His earlier short Not Acting Anymore, which traces the lives of two young boys living through the conflict in Sana’a, was screened…
Interview 

World Refugee Day 2018: Two Artists Reflect on the Crisis

On World Refugee Day, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. From our experience working in Iraq and in the refugee camps, we have seen the positive impact of supporting culture in conflict and crisis zones, both at the local and international level. This week, we spoke to two Iraqi-Kurdish filmmakers,…
Interview 

Intertextuality, Fusion, Metaphor: Interview with Ali Rashid

Ali Rashid is an Iraqi-born painter and poet based in the Netherlands. Rashid trained at the Institute of Fine Art in Baghdad and later at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague. Rashid lived through the Iran-Iraq War and the first Gulf War and his work is a direct response to the ongoing violence…
Cartoon 

‘Opinions and Other Opinions’: June Cartoon

The Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari’s series on culture and Iraq continues. This month’s theme is ‘Opinions and Other’s Opinions’. In the image below, the word “Opinion” appears in the frame, and the word “Other” has fallen out of it. In the image below, the billiard ball to the right represents an opinion whereas the one…