Assad Al Sagheer
Ali Fayadh
Assad Alshatry
Abdul Kadhim
Awes Munem
Ahmed Nussaif
Buthaina Abd-Raheem
Bashar Flaih
Dalya Mohammed
Falah Alani
Ghada Alani
Hadi Mahood
Hassan Ibrahim
Haleem Kasim
Isra Ali
Jhaffer Mohammed
Majid Hashim
Muhammad Al-Kasim
Maarib abd-Jabbar
Mohammed Al Zubidi
Mohammed Hemdan
Mohammed Jafaar
Mohammed Mssayer
aMajid Hashim
Nada Aayed
Nibras Hashim
Nashwa Mumtaz
Nagham Taha
Readh Alfouad
Sarmed Khazi
Sattar Darweesh
Saad Hamoud




Biographies were tanslated by
Traci L. Lombre

Project Assistant
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago
 
 

 
 
 
 
   To dedicate one's life to art is a struggle even in the
 
most stable society. There are inherent barriers that
 
weed out those who aren't serious. Those who remain
 
are truly passionate and dedicated to an artistic and
 
creative life. But, in times of upheaval, extreme chaos
 
and war, even the most dedicated artist can be stifled by
 
the immediate concerns of his or her life. Those who
 
continue to produce despite the horror that surrounds
 
them can truly be called an Artist
 
 
      Unfortunately, artists are the first group to be
 
abandoned in times of trouble. Art is seen as a luxury
 
when starvation, misery and murder are the norm. A
 
fundamental tenet of our organization is that art and
 
artists are not a luxury, but are in fact the foundation of
 
society. Art is essential to the survival of culture. It is the 
 
very medium of culture. If culture is the foundation of
 
society, then how important the artist?


The role of artists becomes even more critical during
 
times of social upheaval. Unfortunately, support for the
 
arts disappears in these periods, and artists are
 
marginalized. Iraqi Art strives to move the artist from
 
the margins to the center, to shine a light into the
 
shadows, to give voice to those who have been muted.
 
 
This is why we are here.


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