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Contemporary Art Iraq

Cornerhouse, Manchester

Contemporary: North to North by John Perivolaris

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The first comprehensive UK exhibition of new and recent contemporary art from Iraq since the first Gulf War, examining practices that are emerging with fresh perspectives from a culture marked by conflict and turmoil.

This show provides a platform for a new generation of artists who acknowledge the aesthetics of conflict, but are not bound by them. Instead, they are fused with collapsing aforementioned associations and seek to broaden awareness of life beyond the brink of war, pointing toward other immediate concerns across the country.

Selecting works across a wide range of media by 19 Iraqi-based artists for Contemporary Art Iraq, Cornerhouse in collaboration with ArtRole, gives a subjective snapshot of the current Iraq art scene. From installation, performance, video, painting and photography, works presented deal with very individual searches for identity, whether national or historical, addressing tradition, beliefs and other themes that shed light on the fascinating state of Iraq now.

Co-curated by Cornerhouse and ArtRole

Works by:
Julie Adnan (Kirkuk), Aryan Abubakr Ali (Sulaymaniyah), Salam Idwer Yaqoob Al-loos (Baghdad), Bhrhm Taib H. Ameen (Sulaymaniyah), Sarwar Mohamad Amin (Sulaymaniyah), Bitwen Ali Hamad (Sulaymaniyah) Gailan Abdullah Ismail (Erbil), Azar Othman Mahmud (Sulaymaniyah), Zana Rasul Mohammed (Sulaymaniyah), Natheer Muslim (Baghdad), Rohzgar Mahmood Mustafa (Sulaymaniyah), Yadgar Abubakir Nassradin (Sulaymaniyah), Mustafa Mumtaz Noori (Baghdad), Jamal Penjweny (Sulaymaniyah), Roshna Rasool (Sulaymaniyah), Mohammad Sale & Wrya Budaghi (Erbil), Hemn Hamed Sharef (Erbil), Mohammed Abdulhussein Yousif (Baghdad)

Related events

Talk/ Tales of Iraq: Artist Live Presentations
Fri 16 April 14:00

Symposium/ Future Now: Iraq and Contemporary Art
Sat 17 April 11:00

Symposium/ Changing Perspectives on Contemporary Conflict
Sun 18 April 13:00

Tour/ Contemporary Art Iraq
Thu 29 April 18:00

Exhibition supported by British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI), Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) and City Inn.


John Perivolaris
North to North: A Journey in Postcards from Manchester to the Maghreb

The project North to North: A Journey in Postcards from Manchester to the Maghreb by John Perivolaris has been commissioned as part of the AHRC-funded exhibition, New Cartographies: Algeria-France-UK to be held at Cornerhouse from April - May 2011.

This exhibition is one of the major outputs of a three-year AHRC research project, France – Algeria: Visualising a (Post-) Colonial Relationship, which began in Sept 2008, and is being undertaken by Dr Joseph McGonagle (Department of French, The University of Manchester) and Dr Edward Welch (Department of French, University of Durham). The six-week exhibition will examine how relations between the three countries have been represented in a range of contemporary visual media, and confirmed artists include Kader Attia, Bruno Boudjelal, Yves Jeanmougin and Zineb Sedira. The commission project North to North will lead to the creation of an original installation by Perivolaris, which will be premiered at the exhibition.

Image: Jamal Penjweny, Iraq is Flying, photography series

Press contact:
Rosie Farrell +44(0)161 2001500

Preview on Thu 15 April 18:00

70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH, UK
Closed Mon. 12 - 8 every day, except Sun 12 - 6
Admission free

dal 21/11/2014 al 14/3/2015

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