Thursday 18 January 2018

Living Alone In Baghdad

Living Alone In Baghdad

Hanaa Malallah lived through multiple conflicts in Iraq - as a young artist, she grew up during the Iran-Iraq War and presented her first solo show in the wake of the First Gulf War.

She says her work has been shaped by her experiences of conflict throughout her life – and that after 9/11 and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, continuing to work as an artist became “harder”.

Her work My Country Map, on display at IWM London as part of Age of  Terror: Art Since 9/11, was created in 2008 after she fled Iraq and reflects the “chaos of war” she experienced in her country.  

Even though she is now based in London, she says her personal experience of conflict continues to resonate in her work.

“In Iraq, I physically taste war and conflict. When I moved here, it is peaceful city but still there is, through the media, you can see this and just your memory takes you back to this experience. So you know what it looks like to be with the war and what it looks like to be without electricity, what it looks like to be without the water. I had this experience. So when I saw it now, through the media, it will affect me but in a different sense,” she said.

Hanaa continues to support artists who remain in Iraq and reflects that those who remain “taste this violence” as she did as a young artist.

See Hanaa Malallah’s work My Country Map at Age of  Terror: Art Since 9/11 at IWM London.

Image: Hanaa Malallah My Country Map 2008 - Layers of burnt canvas and oil on canvas © Courtesy The Park Gallery & Roger Fawcett-Tang

Age Of Terror

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Contemporary conflict
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IWM London, Age of Terror Exhibition
Exhibition
Age of Terror: Art since 9/11

IWM London

Until 28th May

David David Cotterrell, Gateway II, 2009 Courtesy of Danielle Arnaud Gallery and the artist
David David Cotterrell, Gateway II, 2009 Courtesy of Danielle Arnaud Gallery and the artist