New Iraq art comes to Manchester

A MANCHESTER gallery is hosting the UK’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Iraq since the first Gulf War.

Cornerhouse, on Oxford Rd, plays host to the free exhibition named ‘Contemporary Art Iraq’ and will be examining practices that are emerging with fresh perspectives from a culture marked by conflict and turmoil.

Contemporary Art Iraq, which will from Friday 16 April to Sunday 20 June 2010, provides a platform for a new generation of artists who acknowledge the aesthetics of conflict, but are not bound by them.

These artists are fused with an intent to destroy these negative associations and seek to broaden awareness of life beyond the brink of war, pointing toward other immediate concerns across the country.

Selecting works across a wide range of media by 19 Iraqi-based artists, the exhibition gives a subjective snapshot of the current Iraq art scene.

From installation, performance, video, painting and photography, works presented deal with very individual searches for identity, whether national or historical, addressing tradition, beliefs and other themes that shed light on the fascinating state of Iraq now.

A number of special events have also been organized as part of the exhibition.

On 16 April from 2pm to 6pm Contemporary Art Iraq’s co-curator Sarah Perks will be hosting ‘Tales of Iraq’ which will feature a series of lively presentations by contributing artists. The talk is free and you will get a chance to drink (some provided) and network with the artists.

Between 11am and 5pm on 17 April James Scorer, lecturer in Spanish at Manchester Metropolitan University, will be conducting a Spanish Language introductory tour of the exhibition entitled ‘Future Now: Iraq and Contemporary Art’. Tickets cost £6 and £8 and you will need to intermediate level Spanish to participate.

Finally, on 29 April the exhibition’s co-curator Adalet R Garmiany, of ArtRole, who collaborated with Cornerhouse to compile the exhibit, will be giving a free tour of the exhibition along with Tomas Harold from the gallery.

If you would like to attend any of these events you will need to reserve tickets by visiting


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