Monday, June 14, 2004
My Little Landscape Seems Silly, In Comparison
Iraqi artists depict anger over Abu Ghraib | csmonitor.com
Twenty-five artists are displaying sculptures, paintings, and installations at a Baghdad gallery.
Mr. Alsabti was one of 25 Iraqi artists who have produced a series of sculptures, paintings, and installations depicting the horrors of Abu Ghraib. The exhibits are being shown at the Hewar Art Gallery in the Wazerieh district of central Baghdad.And this link has a bit more, plus a photo and more graphic descriptions of some of the pieces. I'll see if I can find more later. I don't think there's an actual link anywhere to the gallery per se, though it's quite well-known. Steve Mumford mentioned it in his Artnet.com Baghdad Journal, and it shows up in google searches. If anyone out there has a link to photos of these pieces, please leave a comment or email me.
He created a life-size figure of a woman wrapped in a bloodstained white shroud. It symbolizes the rape of women detainees in Abu Ghraib, says Alsabti, who heard of allegations of women prisoners being raped at Abu Ghraib five months before the scandal broke.
"Some artists used to be neutral, but now there are artists, poets, and writers who have all reached the decision that the Americans are destroyers. It has given them a new sense of purpose in art," he [Khalil Karim, another artist] says.
Today should be renamed Art Monday to commemorate all these activities, not just because I actually left the house to paint outdoors for the first time in awhile.
LATER: Here it is:
Still very wet, so colors a little washed out. Maybe I'll replace the picture with a better one.
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