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Art exhibition traces Iraq's 'loss' after 2003 invasion

Art exhibition traces Iraq's 'loss' after 2003 invasion


Tribune News Network
Doha
QATAR Museums (QM) presents 'Fragments', a major solo exhibition by contemporary Iraqi-Canadian artist Mahmoud Obaidi, which will run from October 18 to January 30, 2017, at QM Gallery in Katara Cultural Village, Building 10.
Presented under the leadership of QM Chairperson HE Sheikha al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, 'Fragments' is a response to the destruction of Iraq after the invasion of 2003. It sees Obaidi try to recreate all that has been stolen or destroyed in the country as he grapples with the loss of 7,000 years of history in a fraction of that time.
In this major exhibition, Obaidi traces the trail of destruction through a series of installations, each connected by a rope representing the 'organised chaos' let loose upon Iraq.
Obaidi tries to piece Baghdad back together again. From installations recounting significant moments in Iraq's recent history such as a toppled statue of Saddam Hussein, through to installations offering a perspective on the life of a modern day Iraqi family, and installations carrying remnants of ancient Iraqi culture, the exhibition offers a lasting memory of all that has been lost.

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