Building on the transformative power of art, the Iraqi Art Project helps to personalize relationships with Iraqis and connects American communities with Iraqi artists. Some of the art works invite people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds, especially those of the Abrahamic faith traditions, to recognize their common roots.
In 2006 Sami Rasouli, an Iraqi-American, began bringing art from a group of artists in Karbala and Najaf, Iraq to Minnesota. Since then, IARP has shown this art at more than 50 galleries and public spaces in the upper Midwest. You can find this art in our archive gallery below.
These galleries feature pieces from three working Iraqi artists. The works of Ms. Al-Jumaily and Mr. Ghassan are available for purchase. Mr. Flajia’s work is available to view by appointment in Minneapolis, MN.
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Fatin Al Jumaily was born in Karbala, Iraq. She has a Master of Fine Arts from St. Clements University, UK, and a B.A. in Art Education from Babylon University, Babylon, Iraq. She is currently an art teacher at Sidra Secondary School for Girls. Fatin has participated in both local and international exhibitions. Fatin visited Minneapolis for the first time when she was honored as a selected visiting artist for IARP’s juried exhibition, The Art of Conflict. In 2013, Fatin again visited Minnesota when she participated in the Woman’s Art Institute at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN.
Sari Flaijah was born in Diyali, Iraq in 1992. Sari is an Iraqi set designer and interior decorator who moved from Iraq to Minnesota with his family in 2014. Sari studied Interior Design in Amman, Jordan. IARP was introduced to his work when he designed the Iraqi cultural booth at the Festival of Nations in 2015, which won an award for “Best Exhibit”. His design work is showcased in many Minneapolis restaurants and the Lyric Arts Anoka Theater. He is known for his extensive and innovative work with styrofoam and has a passion for creating art inspired by Iraq’s rich history. He has plans to continue his education in Architecture.
Born in Babel, Iraq, Ali Ghassan studied at the College Fine Arts in Hilla, Babel Province. He practiced fine art as a professional artist before entering the fine arts faculty there. While living in Iraq, Ali was a member of the Fine Arts Union in the Babel Province and a member of the Iraqi Fine Arts Society. He was the first prize winner of the Talented Iraqi Young Artists Competition for two years in a row (2002 & 2003). He has participated in several exhibits and festivals in Iraq, including: Babel Arts Exhibit (2002), First Al Hurriyah (Freedom) Exhibit (2003), and The Effect of Iraqi Culture on Art, Babel Exhibit (2006). His works have also appeared in various locations in Minnesota such as St. Mark’s Cathedral, Art-A-Whirl, Wolveshead and Loring Park Arts Festival. Ali was honored as a selected visiting artist for IARP’s juried exhibit, The Art of Conflict. Ali now lives in Colorado, USA.
Collection Archive (2006-2016)
This gallery of archived art is included here in recognition of our 10-year relationship with the artists of Karbala. This gallery includes pieces shown and/or sold by IARP from 2006 until 2016. Several hundred pieces were purchased and are now in American homes as reminders of our connections as people of the world.