exhibition archive
return to list of exhibitions


Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art
January 19, 2007 - March 31, 2007

Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art

Organized by Dr. Nada Shabout, Assistant Professor of Art History and Guest Curator, University of North Texas Art Gallery

A group exhibition, Dafatir (notebooks), explores the proliferation of book-form art as currently practiced by contemporary Iraqi artists. Organized by Dr. Nada Shabout, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Texas, the exhibition will introduce the work of 15 contemporary Iraqi artists, some still living and working in Baghdad, Iraq, while others in exile in various countries and for various lengths of time. The artists and their works are selected to present the experiments of three different generations of Iraqi artists, including one female artist, and their diverse approaches. The exhibition will launch their work as a unique contemporary Iraqi experiment, and present the Iraqi culture as a current living entity defying the old clichés of exoticism. It will also bring contemporary Iraqi book art to New York City for the first time and show a different face of a nation that is currently part of our daily news.

Dafatir features works by numerous distinguished artists, including Dia al-Azzawi, Hana’ Malallah and Kareem Rissan. Ismail Fattah, Dia al-Azzawi, Rafa al-Nasiri, Kareem Rissan, Nazar Yahya, Nedim Kufi, Mohammed al-Shamary, Ghassan Gha’eb, Hana’ Malallah, Ammar Dawod, Sadiq Kawish Alfraji, Samar Usama, Shakir Hassan Al Said, Mohammad Fakher, and Mahmmud al-Obidi.


Shakir Hassan  Al Said
War & Peace
(1986) Ink on paper mounted in a photographic album
Dia  Al-Azzawi
Book of Shame, Destruction of Iraqi Museum
(2004) Plaster & mixed media on paper
Poetry Book (Adonis)
(1999) Gouache on folded paper, portfolio box
Poetry Book (M. Darwish)
(1995) Gouache on folded paper, portfolio box
Poetry Book (Sadi Youseff)
(1995) Gouache on folded paper
Sadiq Kwaish  Alfraji
Al-Thawra City
(2003) Mixed media on paper mounted on wood
Poetry Book (Mudafer al Nawab)
(2004) Mixed media on paper mounted on wood
Rafa  Al-Nasiri
Improvisation
(2002) Acrylic on paper
Poetry Book
(2003) Acrylic on folded paper
Mahummud  Al-Obaidi
Interpretation of Iraqi Daily Life
(2004) Acrylic on board
Mohammed  Al-Shammarey
Book of Baghdadi Diary no. 1
(2003) Mixed media on paper
Book of Baghdadi Diary no. 2
(2003) Mixed media on paper
My Trip from Basra
(2005) Ink on folded cloth mounted on wood
Ammar  Dawod
Book of Branches
(2004) Watercolor on folded paper
Trace of Blood
(2001) Collage on board
Mohammed  Fakher
Poetry Book (Al- Sayab)
(2004) Acrylic on board
Ismail  Fattah
Homage to Jawad Salim
(1988) Mixed media on paper
Ghassan  Gha'eb
Improvisation
(2002) Mixed media on paper
Iraqi Document
(2003) Mixed media on paper
Poetry Folding Image ( Mudafer al-Nawab)
(2004) Mixed media on paper
Nedim  Kufi
A Warm Book
(2001) Mixed media
Poetry Book ( Mudafer al-Nawab)
(2004) Mixed media on paper
Tale from Kalila and Donna
Mixed media on paper
Hana'  Malallah
Baghdad Day Book no. 1
(2001) Mixed media on paper
Baghdad Day Book no.2
(2003) Mixed media on paper
Book of Sanction
(2001) Mixed media on paper
Moaid  Nama
The Big Brother
(2003) Mixed media on paper
Ibrahim  Rashied
Book of Earth
(1999) Mixed media on paper & wood
Kareem  Rissan
Baghdad Burning
(2003) Mixed media on paper
Graffiti of Occupied City
(2004) Mixed media on paper
Pilot Vision of Baghdad
(2003) Mixed media on paper
Road of the Passion
(1999) Ink on paper
Samar  Usama
April Book
Ink on paper
Improvisation
(1996) Mixed media on paper
Ziggurat Book
(2001) Ink & collage on paper
Nazar  Yahya
Baghdad Day of Destruction
(2003) Mixed media
Book of Emptiness
(2004) Mixed media on handmade paper
Card of Illumination
(2001) Collage & mixed media on paper

©2013 Center for Book Arts, Incorporated 1974

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor. New York, NY 10001
212-481-0295