Now open: Fragments, an exhibition by Mahmoud Obaidi
Recreating Iraq's history
Doha is proving to be the regional art spot of the moment for Iraqi art with the opening of another major solo show. Following Dia Al-Azzawi's retrospective exhibition, Qatar Museums is now hosting Fragments, an Exhibition by Mahmoud Obaidi, a showcase of Iraq's past glory and splendour recreated through a series of installations.
Attempting to bring focus to his nation's 7000-year history that was almost instantaneously destroyed by war, Iraqi-Canadian artist Obaidi said, "I'm trying to rebuild what's missing. I did a study of what's been looted from Iraq, what's been destroyed, everything. They stole everything, even the clothes. So I've taken everything that has been stolen and placed them on the walls too."
Highlights include "Untitled" (symbolising the start of internal chaos and criminality after the fall of Saddam Hussein), "Ford 71" (a pickup truck loaded with ancient relics) and Remains of a "Ravaged City" (an 8-metre painting that portrays loss).
Fragments, an Exhibition by Mahmoud Obaidi runs from October 18 until Jaunary 30, 2017 at Katara Cultural Village, Building 10. Also, discover Middle Eastern treasure at Christie's upcoming anniversary arts auction.