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IRAQ: Art in troubled times, VII

March 15, 2008 |  3:21 pm


This mixed-media work by Iraqi artist Mutia al-Jumeili is a totem to Iraqi cultural identity. It combines depictions of ancient Sumerian cuneiform writing with the Islamic affirmation of faith, "There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet," in Arabic. Despite ancient references, vivid colors give this work a contemporary feel.

Borzou Daragahi in Beirut

Artist: Mutia al-Jumeili. Courtesy: Afnan Gallery