Artist Statement

My work increasingly considers the precarious relations between collective identity, interdependence and its constraints on the individual through considerations of heritage, tradition, homes, borders, mobility and migration. These themes have had an imprint on my outlook, and contributed to shape my art and life. My work draws on the formal elements of architecture inspired by the cultural heritage and current rush to “reconstruct” in the Middle East region. It aims to draw a perturbed image of an unsettled landscape that has witnessed violant changes and transformations.

I manipulate and transform man made and natural materials such hard paper, barbed wire, plaster, soldier figurines, acrylic and straw to create new shapes and forms that evokes a new set of meaning and metaphors. Through constructing and deconstructing, I aim to convey the concept of a shift of these iconic structures, from their former position within a historical cultural tradition to a complex contemporary form, with the ensuing transformation from order to disorder and vice versa. The work creates a visual metaphor for dislocation and disorientation, where new potential has been unleashed in a fragile and troubled landscape that is witnessing rapid social change, shifting power structures, inept development and an uncertain future.

Solo Exhibitions

“The Black Tower”, Zilberman Gallery, Berlin. 2015 “ New Baylon” Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, 2014, “Re-construction” Edge of Arabia, London, 2014, “Parallel Realms” Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York; 2013 “Crossing” Amad Art Gallery, Diyarbakir, 2012 “River Ze” Rose Issa Projects, London.

Selected Group Exhibitions

“2018 Public Art Amsterdam” , “Infinite Present” Cambridge Arts Council gallery, USA. “Bagdad Mon Amour” Institute of Cultures of Islam (ICI), Paris, 2017 “Age of Terror” art post 11/9, the Imperial War Museum, London “Tamawuj, 13 Sharjah Biennale” Sharjah, 2016 Visions of War Above and Below”, The Imperial War Museum, London, UK, Ultra habitat, Zilbermann Gallery, Berlin, “Restrictions of the Earth”, Karşı Sanat Çalışmaları, Istanbul, Turkey, And Hinterland Gallery in Vienna, Austria. 2015, “The Great Game” the Iranian Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. ‘Written Cities’ part of the Triennial of Bruges, ArtBat’6 Art Festival, Almaty, Kazakhstan “Arab Territories” Constantine, Algiers , Hajj: Journey to Mecca, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar,. “Systems and Patterns”, International Graphic Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 54th International Art Exhibition, Pavilion of Iraq, Venice. 2012, “Hajj exhibition” the British Museum, London. 2011, 54th Venice International Art Biennale, Pavilion of Iraq. “Taswir – Pictorial Mappings of Modernity and Islam, Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum, Berlin.

Public Collection

The Metropolitan Museum, New York. Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah. The British Museum, London. Jameel Art Collection, UAE. The Imperial War Museum, London. The National Gallery of Amman, Jordan. The World Bank, Washington, DC. Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The Iraq Memory Foundation. Art for American Embassy program, USA. Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE.