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Images of Hope: Iraq Looks Forward

Posted on October 24, 2012 by

IARP is proud to announce the opening of Images of Hope, a new exhibit now on display at the Maple Grove Art Center. This photography-based collection features the works of seven Iraqi artists. One piece now on display is the photo series Iraq is Flying by Jamel Penjeweny. The artist captures Iraqi people leaping in the air. Penjeweny describes his longing to give the people of Iraq feelings of hope and freedom. This cheerful imagery sits beside the photograph My Window by Tamara Abdul Hadi, in which we see a line of veiled Iraqi women waiting to receive their widow pension. This somber image represents the staggering amount of widows who struggle to feed their families, a number that has reached almost 1 million since U.S. invasion in 2003. These contrasting images give the viewer a glimpse into the complex realities of living in Iraq, post war.

How can you help Iraq move forward? Purchase a limited edition art print! The prints are available in editions of 15 and are the first-ever paintings to be created as fine-art prints for purchase in Minnesota. Proceeds return to support the artists and their peace-building efforts in Najaf, Iraq.

The prints, reproductions of original oil on canvas paintings, feature Iraqi women as a primary subject, a motif that is all too often misrepresented in western media. The paintings vary from realistic representations to abstracted references of the female form. They help to shed light on both the emotional as well as the daily lives of women in Iraq.

Abbas Radhi, The Marshes

Maher Sabbar, Countryside Women

Both prints are priced at $100 each (unframed). Place your order today with the Maple Grove Art Center. Lori 763-250-1016

1. Abbas Radhi
The Marshes

2. Esam Al Sahib
The Desert of Iraq

The Maple Grove Art Center is located at 7916 Main Street, Maple Grove MN, MN 55369. The show runs until November 4th, Gallery hours are Monday 1pm-4pm, Wednesday 10am-2pm and Thursday 11am-3pm &7:30-9pm.

For more information, please contact:

Lauren Traver
Iraqi Art Project Coordinator, IARP
lauren (at)

Lorrie Link
Executive Director, Maple Grove Arts Center
l2link (at)

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