Contemporary Arab Presentation
Kunst Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlino, Germania, 18 Dicembre 2005 – 26 Febbraio 2006
Contemporary Arab Presentation The Iraqui Equation is a project directed by Catherine David, organised and produced by KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, in cooperation with Arteleku-Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa and Universidad Internacional de Andalucía-UNIA arteypensamiento.
Since the end of the 1950s, Iraqi culture has been characterized by several phases of short, long, or sometimes permanent exile, by the growth of a vast, worldwide diaspora, and by the constrained development of artistic creation in the country itself. It is high time to confront with each other the various discourses and positions that have developed differently in Iraq and abroad, in order to map out the tensions and antagonisms resulting from this special situation. To this end, it seemed important to us to provide a forum for creative Iraqis who worked and work in the country itself or in exile: writers and poets, filmmakers, photographers and artists, experts and political analysts, but also a few foreign Iraq specialists, whose analyses contribute to a better understanding of the problems that led to the current situation.