art & culture - Iraqi Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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A group exhibition of works by contemporary Iraqi artists is on display from June to November 2013 at the Ca’ Dandolo, Grand Canal, Venice.


The Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale presents Welcome to Iraq, curated by Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK.

The featured artists are all Iraqi and resident in Iraq. Working across a wide range of media, including photography, drawing, painting, video, installation, sculpture, and textiles, they represent two generations of artists from across the country.

Explaining his curatorial approach, Jonathan Watkins says, “Artistic emphasis will be on the nature of everyday life as it is now lived in Iraq, exemplifying a determination ‘to make do and get by’, an inventiveness born out of necessity in extraordinary historical circumstances.’’


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