Art & Artifacts

Art & Artifacts

Artworks and Artifacts Project Under a brutal authoritarian government, Iraq's culture took many startling and unique forms. Most visible was propaganda, which tried to make atrocity the norm. In explicit opposition was the forbidden art of dissidents and exiles.

Screened from view by double meanings and coded language, lay the subtle protests of those who lived and worked under the regime. The project will collect the propaganda; it will collect the forbidden works of art produced by Iraqi artists that reflect life under Ba'thist rule, the full range of cultural responses to the regime—collaboration, protest, survival and accommodation. These acquisitions will be housed in a permanent collection, representing a broad range of visual and performing arts, including books, songs, films, television programs and works of fine art.

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Art Exhibitions

Art & Artifacts project included holding art exhibitions and organizing cultural activities that introduce Iraqi art, in addition to communicating with Iraqi artists and encouraging their free expression to be interpreted to various forms of art reflecing Iraqi society and culture. The exhibits have a significant impact by attracting a wide range of politicians, intellectuals, writers and others among its audience. In an atmosphere of The Memoery Foundation held 6 art exhibitions so far displaying more than 200 works of art including paintings, sculptures and photographs. The Memory Foundation's rich film and document archive is exploited by selecting samples of tesimonials, former regime's documents, documentary film footage and personal belongings of victims. The archive of records consitutes with the exhbited art a comprehensive image of the experience of Iraqis under Ba'th regime.art and expression, dialogue emerges between different policy-makers, regardless of their agenda, to focus on the experience and suffering of Iraqi individual. The conclusion of the dialogue often happens to be calling for building a peaceful society in the new Iraq.

The Memory Foundation held 6 art exhibitions so far displaying more than 200 works of art including paintings, sculptures and photographs. The Memory Foundation's rich film and document archive is exploited by selecting samples of tesimonials, former regime's documents, documentary film footage and personal belongings of victims. The archive of records consitutes with the exhbited art a comprehensive image of the experience of Iraqis under Ba'th regime.

During these exhibitions, large groups of artists, writers, and photographers contributed to Arts & Artifacts project by providing artworks distinguished by its genuine Iraqi themese and expressionism - artworks that could not see the light under Saddam's totalitarianism simply because they express the suffering of Iraqis and the cruelty of the regime in a creative and unrestricted manner.

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