Daily Archives: February 28, 2012

Lecture: A history of Iraqi modern art and Iraqi artists in the Diaspora, on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Distant Dreams; the other face of Iraq’, Kunstliefde (Utrecht)


Handout of my lecture on Iraqi modern art and Iraqi artists in the Diaspora, Kunstliefde, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 24 February 2012, on the occasion of the exhibition Distant Dreams; five Iraqi artists in the Netherlands (Baldin Ahmad, Qassim Alsaedy, Salam Djaaz, Awni Sami and Araz Talib), with the addition of some of the visual material (click on the pictures to enlarge)

Introduction on the history and geography of Iraq

Origins and development of the Iraqi modern art (from 1950)



Jewad Selim   Faeq Hassan   Shakir Hassan al-Said


Mahmud Sabri    Dhia Azzawi      Rafa al-Nasiri


Mohammed Mohreddin     Hanaa Mal-Allah

Art and mass-propaganda under the rule of the Ba’th Party


Al-Nasb al-Shaheed (‘The Martyr’s Monument’, by Ismael Fattah al-Turk)

Bab al-Nasr ( ‘Victory Arch’, designed by Saddam Husayn and executed by Khalid al-Rahal and Mohammed Ghani Hikmet)


Statues and portraits of Saddam Husayn and Michel Aflaq (founder of the Ba’thparty)

Iraqi artists in the Diaspora

The Netherlands:


Baldin Ahmad    Aras Kareem    Hoshyar Rasheed


Araz Talib    Awni Sami    Salam Djaaz


Qassim Alsaedy     Ziad Haider     Nedim Kufi

Some Iraqi artists in other countries:


Rebwar Saeed (England)   Anahit Sarkes (England)


Jananne al-Ani (England)    Ahmed al-Sudani (United States)


Walid Siti (England)       Halim Al Kareem (Netherlands/United States)


Adel Abidin (Finland)       Azad Nanakeli (Italy)


Ali Assaf (Italy)          Wafaa Bilal (United States)

On the screen a work of Mahmud Sabri, one of the most experimental Iraqi artists in history

A work of Jewad Selim, more or less the ‘founder of the Iraqi modern art’

On the screen a work of Shakir Hassan al-Said, whose style influenced artists all over the Arab and even the islamic world

Left (in front) Qassim Alsaedy. Me behind the laptop. Behind me (left side) my sister Leonie Schreve and her partner Anand Kanhai. Behind them the Iraqi artist Ali Talib. Second right of me Brigitte Reuter, who created many works together with Qassim Alsaedy. On the walls (right) the work of Awni Sami

Front row, second from the left, the art historian and ‘colleague in contemporary art of the Middle East’ Dineke Huizenga. Left behind me Martin van der Randen, curator of this exhibition. Left on the wall the work of Baldin Ahmad

Floris Schreve

Photos during the lecture by Liesbeth Schreve-Brinkman
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