The Beauty of Resistance
A contemporary statement grasps the opportunity to reach a wide audience
The time is his
This is not his word, this is my memory.
Not far from the border, a boy jumped into the river and walked on the wrong side.
What does it mean to be Iraqi?
Mohamed is absent,
I’m not a Persian carpet
An identity could create a sense of belonging, offering me the warmth that I’ve missed after long years of struggling on a freezing front line, a refuge that keeps the life glowing.
He concludes that an atmosphere of distrust generates suspicion even where the best of intentions exist.
Without beginning and without end, just being.
How does one recognize an Iraqi?
There are times when products don’t need to communicate anything, not even an aesthetic experience.
"Why did you accept my application?" A question that I asked the committee (advising researchers) of the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, in 2001. I had years of rejected applications from many art institutes, without explanation and without details.
The news is changing, the market is changing,
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What contemporary cultural products do you expect from Iraqi cultural practitioners living in Iraq under more than three decades of dictatorship, wars, siege, and most recently, direct occupation?
What contemporary cultural products do you expect from Iraqi cultural practitioners living excluded and isolated in exile?
A product is sold on the basis of the feelings it evokes.
We cannot experience a cultural product, if we don’t understand the forces that affect its practice.
My thoughts are the only things I have, that are made of tin
Suddenly the alarm clock rang…where is the wall, I’m shooting in the air, he isn’t there, and he doesn’t exist. It’s a mirage I followed from Baghdad to Amman, crossing minefields, from Amman to Tunis, from there to Switzerland and into the Netherlands.
A measurement is only possible between two points
Recently I wrote to a friend of mine "it is late to discover that I was working more freely and efficiently under a dictator’s censorship than with the categorizing and bureaucracy of western art institutes." After 10 years of living in West Europe on the alert, diversifying the sources of knowledge, navigating the topography of the cultural scenes, crossing the disciplines borders, I turn the frustration into stimulation, the exclusion into challenge, the marginalization into a virgin space, and the imposed label into a discipline in which I explored new forms of practice.
How would you describe your new aesthetic?
After three years of working in this imposed territory, I realized that I’m polishing this imposed label instead of questioning it. I have to play the role of the Oriental artist and export this label to my own kind over there, in order to gain the Western institutes’ recognition and suit the cultural globalization demands.
he has to show where violence comes from
How to be an artist not a citizen?
The beginning can be anywhere, down right through the point of contact, further down to the left, to the bottom of the circle, and back up to the top, right through the point of contact again.
My dear friend, it’s an unequal long-term battle. But don’t worry, I’m still living with that rebellious companion who refuses to be tamed!