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WAMI (Yaseen Wami, Hashim Taeeh), Untitled, 2013, cardboard and mixed media

WAMI (Yaseen Wami, Hashim Taeeh), Untitled, 2013, cardboard and mixed media

WAMI (Yaseen Wami, Hashim Taeeh), Untitled, 2013, cardboard and mixed media

Fari Bradley. Photo: Inzajeano Latif

Fari Bradley. Photo: Inzajeano Latif

Fari Bradley. Photo: Inzajeano Latif

Traditional Iraqi biscuits, served as part of 'Welcome to Iraq'

Traditional Iraqi biscuits, served as part of 'Welcome to Iraq'

Traditional Iraqi biscuits, served as part of 'Welcome to Iraq'

Welcome to Iraq: Live Event

Wed 16 Apr 2014, 5-9pm, Main Gallery, Free

Overview

A live event, featuring a talk, a performance and traditional Iraqi food, on the occasion of our current exhibition, Welcome to Iraq

5-6pm
Iraqi tea and biscuits were served, accompanied by Falgoosh radio which transmits a comprehensive playlist of songs written about Baghdad, including those by Kate Bush, Patti Smith and Oum Khaltoum.

6-7pm
Talk: Hanaa Malallah in conversation with Louisa Macmillan and Dr Mo Throp
Independent curator Louisa Macmillan was joined by artists Hanaa Malallah and Dr. Mo Throp to discuss the art scene in Iraq before and after occupation, as well as Iraqi artists working inside and outside Iraq. 

Hanaa Malallah is an artist and has been a Visiting Fellow with Chelsea's Graduate School as a political refugee since she fled her post as Professor of Fine Art at Baghdad University following the invasion in 2003.

Dr Mo Throp is an artist and Associate Researcher at Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts. 

Louisa Macmillan is an independent curator, specialising in modern and contemporary Arab art. She studied Arabic and Islamic Art before working at the British Museum, where she became the Eisler curator of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art. She now writes and curates independently, working directly with individual artists.

6-7.30pm
Iraqi food from No67
No67 served a selection of dishes inspired by traditional Iraqi cuisine. Vegetarian and vegan options were available. Prices started from £4. 

The menu included kubba halab, spinach fatayer, tabouleh, dolma, roast lamb, broad bean and dill biryani, aubergine stew and baklava. 

7.30-8.30pm
Performance with sound artist Fari Bradley
Sound artist Fari Bradley led a performance with the participation of qanoon player Nilufar Habibian, poet Ghareeb Iskander and playwright/novelist Hassan Abdulrazzak.   

For the performance, Bradley placed two additional radio sets in the space, comparing the world's imagined ideas and cultural interpretations of Baghdad from Falgoosh radio with two stations streamed live directly from the Iraqi capital. The qanoon, a Middle Eastern stringed instrument and the poetry, both in English and Arabic, were accompanied by live electronics and found, percussive objects. 

The galleries closed at 9pm.

No booking required. 


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