Art in Iraq

Press Release

Hussam ilDin Mohamed, Art Critic
Rashad Salim – Iraqi Artist and Activist
Haifa Zangana– Artist and Author
7 -9 pm –  Tuesday 7th October 2008
Khalili Lecture Theatre
University of London ,
Thornhaugh Street , Russell Square, London , WC1H 0XG.
Sponsored by SOAS London Middle East Institute

‘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.

Haifa Zangana an Iraqi author and artist said: “This is but a modest
attempt to pay tribute to Iraqi artists who continue to create their
artistic pieces despite this dark period in Iraq’s history.It is an
expression of Iraq’s dignity, defiance and resistance.”

“Iraq art and culture from all Iraq’s ages and of every discipline,
today stands on the front line between civilisation and its predators”
said Rashad Salim, an Iraqi artist.

Hussam ilDin Mohamed, an art critic said: “The exhibition and public
meeting are part of Artiquea Gallery’s goal to uncover the huge talents
among Arab artists” .

The exhibition is supported by the Stop the War Coalition. For more info

Hussam il Din Mohamed: 0207 7312090
Haifa Zangana: 0208 455 8004
Thamer al Khafaji: participating Iraqi artist – via Artiquea 02077312090
Rashad Salim: 07905214487
Artiquea Gallery82 Wandsworth Bridge RoadLondon SW6 2TFNearest
Underground Station is Fulham BroadwayTel: 02077312090:
Public meeting Sponsored by SOAS London Middle East Institute, organised
by Solidarity for an Independent Unified Iraq


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