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.
It was one of the most important exhibitions of contemporary Iraqui art outside the censorship of the Ba'th regime. The exhibition included artworks by prominent Iraqi artists who's works expressed years of oppression, war destruction, and crimes against Arab and Kurdish Iraqis.
On July 27th, 2005 and directly after the 9pm news on al-Iraqiyya television, the first Iraqi testimonial of Dr. Qasim Breesam was aired to Iraqi audience. Dr. Breesam; an academic from Basrah in the south of Iraq, talked about his arrest and what he witnessed of arrests and executions in the aftermath of the 1991 uprising.
The exhibition was held on the third anniversary of the fall of the regime on April 9th, 2003 to renew hope and encourage dialogue between the different Iraqi political blocs. More than 25 artists participated with more than 60 artworks accompanied by the Memory Foundation's samples of documents archive, oral history testimonials and artifacts of victims.
As the trial of the former regime regarding Anfal Campaign started in September 2006, IMF organized this exhibition to raise awareness about the crimes committed against Iraqi Kurds during the late 1980s. The exhibition included exclusive film footage filmed about the use of chemical gas, and forcing deported Kurds to walk in mine fields. It also included several important documents from the Security Directorates and Ba'th Party offices in North of Iraq reporting about the destruction of villages, arrests, and deportation of Kurdish families to concentration camps. Outstanding artworks of Kurdish artists about Anfal, along with personal items of Anfal victims, shocked the audience by its powerful expression of the depth of suffering.
Iraqi young photojournalist Jamal Penjweny displayed 45 photographs taken during his trips in north of Iraq on the course of 3 years. His photographs portrayed survivors of Anfal Campaign and young Kurdish kids living in refugee camps on Iraq-Iranian borders. They formed an insight of tragedy and the need for hope, as the images call for peaces after years of war and Ba'thist oppression.
This exhibition was intended to support Iraqi local artists in Baghdad and challenging the difficult security conitions that prevented artists from displaying their works in public galleries and interacting with Iraqi society as they should. More than 30 artists particippated with various artworks including paintings and sculptures expressing different Iraqi social themes and subjects. The exhibition also included a presentation of the Memory Foundation's activities in the Documentation project and Oral History project.