Exhibition – Riding on Fire: Iraqi art under occupation

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19 September – 31 October 2008

19 September – 31 October 2008


Curated by the Iraqi sculptors Najim Alqaysi and Redha Farhan. This is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Iraqi art after occupation. It will introduce artworks that have never been seen in London – oil paintings and bronze statues by 21 well known artists who live and work in Iraq and the exhibition will represent contemporary Iraqi art as it is today.

‘Riding on Fire’ addresses the heroic efforts made by Iraqi artists to keep art alive while everything is falling apart. It is a matter of life and death in the real meaning of these words for, regardless of hurdles and hazards, these artists have managed to remain creatively active and produce stunning works of art in a hostile environment. The 42 works range in scale from the bronze statues made by well known artists like Najim Alqaysi, Ali Rassan and Ridha Farhan, Mondher Ali and Abdulkareem Khaleel, to the amazing paintings of Fakher Mohammad, Sattar Darwish, Dhia Alkhozai and Wisam Zakko.

The exhibition is part of Artiquea Gallery’s goal to uncover the huge talents among Arab artists and is being supported by the Stop the War Coalition.

Artiquea Gallery
82 Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6 2TF
Nearest Underground Station is Fulham Broadway
Tel: 02077312090: info@artiquea.co.uk

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