War in Iraq and art, exhibition in The Hague, The Netherlands


This video is about refugee Iraqi artists Hana Mal Allah and Reshad Selim. Aya gallery, London 2007.

From Dutch daily NRC, paper edition, 20 October 2007:

In The Hague, yesterday the new art exhibition place Gemak started, a result of cooperation by the Free Academy and the The Hague Municipal Museum. The first exhibition is about Iraq … [called] Green Zone/Red Zone, showing work of both European and Iraqi artists. Gemak calls itself a ‘center for art, society, and politics‘. …

Iraqi artist Rashad Selim during the past two months was a guest of the Free Academy. He already left his native country in 1983 and has been living in London since …

In 2003, I went back to Baghdad. The city looked like a monstrous dinner table, with bits bitten off everywhere. and it becomes worse day by day. It will get worse still. Once, Baghdad used to have forty galleries. Now, there is said to be just one, which sometimes is open, and sometimes is not’.

You can see anger clearly in many of the exhibited works. For instance, there is a series of monumental collages by the British artists’ duo Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillipps, made from pages from tabloids like The Sun and bleeding Arabic newspapers. The artists worked at the images for a long time with hammers and razors until they looked ragged.

Of the Iraqi artist Hana Mal Allah, who left Iraq as one of the last artists, there are three maps of Baghdad. With some imagination, one can still see the river Tigris. However, the rest of the city maps is scorched pitch black. …

Green Zone/Red Zone. Until 31 January [2008] in Gemak, Paviljoensgracht 20, The Hague.

Mona Abboud: Sands of Baghdad: here.

Blackwater in Iraq update: here.

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