Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
'Iraq but not as we know it'
Jamal Penjweny, 'Saddam is Here' (2009-2010), courtesy the artist and RUYA Foundation
At the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, The National Pavilion of Iraq showcased eleven contemporary artists who live and work in the country, to give visitors a true taste of Iraqi culture. The Independent described the show a 'Iraq...but not as we know it.'
We are used to associating Iraq with nothing but war and terror because of all the things we see and hear on the news, but Welcome to Iraq 'shows the country in a whole new light.'
In the likelihood that you were not at the Venice Biennale, South London Gallery is now restaging the exhibit. The artists were carefully selected by curator, Jonathan Watkins , who made sure that a range of mediums were showcased:
Photography: Jamal Penjweny Political Cartoons: Abdul Raheem Yassir Painters: Bassim Al-Shaker, Cheeman Ismaeel, and Kadhim Nwir Sculpture: Furat al Jamil, Yaseen Wami, Hashim Taeeh, and Akeel Khreef Film: Ali Samiaa and Hareth Alhomaam
The exhibition is free to see until the 1st June, and includes a free live event on the 16th April, with readings, music, and Iraqi cuisine.