Interview, Portfolio 

Venice Conversations: Sadik Kwaish Alfraji and the dialectic of the hunter and prey

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (b. 1960, Baghdad) is a leading contemporary artist from Iraq’s diaspora living in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.Trained as a painter and printmaker, he also creates animations and artist books. Alfraji has exhibited his work internationally and his work is part of public and private collections including the British Museum, Mathaf: Arab Museum of…

The Venice Biennale: May Cartoon Series

Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn a series of cartoons on Iraqi art at the Venice Biennale, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. The cartoon below is about escaping stereotypes and frameworks in art.

Venice Conversations: Sherko Abbas on the role of music and soft power.

Sherko Abbas (b. 1978, Sulaymaniya) is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Sulaymaniya, Iraq. Abbas works with video, performance, text and found objects. In 2013 he was awarded a scholarship from the Kurdistan Regional Government to pursue an MFA at the University of Goldsmiths, London. Abbas’ work has appeared in various group shows…