February 6th, 2007
SoHo Journal Galleryby SoHo Journal Staff
We are honored to feature “Iraq: Contemporary Viewpoints.” These artists and their very potent work represent a spectrum of images and assorted portrayals of life in Iraq, ranging from fond memories represented in painting and sculpture to contemporary photography that addresses the reality of life in a state of chaos only a war can create. We thank the POMEGRANATE Gallery for not only exhibiting these emotional and powerful works, but for sharing them with us so we may present them to you.
Naziha Rashid was born in Baghdad, where in 1952, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Arabic language and literature. She earned a diploma in drawing and painting at the fine art institute in Baghdad in 1955. In 1963, she received NDD (National Diploma Design scholarship in painting) at Chelsea School of Art in London, England. She also earned a Master’s Degree in creative arts at the University of Maryland in 1967. Naziha has worked as a college professor and as a consultant for exhibitions sponsored by Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (IESCO), office of the Arab League, Rabat, Morocco, 1990-94. She has been settled in New York since 1994, has retired, and devotes herself to her passion, which is art.
Osama Khatlan was born in Diwaniya, Iraq in 1954. He studied graphic arts and photography at Florence State Art Institute in Italy between 1981-1984. He began his career working as an editorial cartoonist in 1977, drawing cartoons and pictures for three books and numerous newspapers in Iraq, Italy, New York and London. He currently lives and works in New York. Khatlan has exhibited his work widely, including solo exhibitions in Baghdad, London and New York. He also took part in “Strokes of Genius; Contemporary Iraqi Art,” an exhibition of Iraqi art which toured in the U.K. and the U.S.A. in 2000-2.
Canadian-born photographer, Farah Nosh, graduated in 2002 from the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, British Columbia, where she won awards for best photojournalist and best portfolio. She also holds a Bachelor of Geography from the University of British Columbia. In September 2002, three months after completing her diploma in photojournalism, Nosh moved to Iraq, where she was based for 11 months. She has created a portfolio of work from Iraq that includes months under the former Iraqi regime until July 2004. Being one of the few western freelance photographers working in Baghdad under the regime of Saddam Hussein, Nosh quickly had the opportunity to be published in several North American and British publications.
Tyler Hicks was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in July 1969. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Boston University in 1992, and went on to work as chief photographer at the Troy Daily News, Ohio, moving to the Wilmington Morning Star, North Carolina, where he spent four years as a staff photographer. Hicks left the paper to pursue international news in Kosovo in 1999, moving to Kenya in 2000-2001 on contract for The New York Times. Following 9/11, he traveled to Afghanistan to document the war against the Taliban. “ Not long after the end of the first phase of the war in Afghanistan, Iraq took center stage. For several months I was an American behind enemy lines photographing what turned out to be the last days of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Iraqi civilians expected to get hit––yet again––by American bombs, but in the weeks before the war, the civilians remained friendly.” Hicks was the recipient of the 2001 ICP Infinity Award for photojournalism for his coverage in Afghanistan, and was awarded the Visa d’Or in Perpignan, France in 2002. A New York Times staff photographer since 2002, he traveled to Iraq to cover the ongoing conflict from Baghdad.
Ismail Khayat has drawn critical recognition for a series of masks he calls the “Anfal Memory” series, in honor of the 182,000 Kurds who were killed by order of Saddam Hussein. Painted in watercolor and India ink, the masks are boldly expressive and colorful, yet stand as memorials created by an artist who escaped the terrible genocide.
These artists are represented by The POMEGRANATE Gallery, located at 133 Greene Street in New York City.
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