Choreographed chaos

Shereen D’Souza takes a look at City Limits, an exhibition from two rising Baghdad artists which creatively depicts life in Iraq Discuss this article

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The end of the year is always a perfect time for reflection, and what better way to do that than through art? This month, two emerging Iraqi artists from Baghdad have put together an interesting and reflective exhibition that features choreography, graffiti and documented public installation experiments at the VCUQatar gallery in Education City.

Sajjad Abbas and Laith K. Daer have developed their work for City Limits using the physical space and interactions within Baghdad as a living organiser of how, and why, they work.

The lack of venues in Baghdad has forced the artistic duo to look elswehere for a platform for their work. And we’re thankful they’ve decided to come to Doha and give visitors a detailed insight into the situation in Iraq.

Abbas and Daer have filmed many moments while driving around in old bangers and hung large motifs boldly on the façade of buildings. In between pleas of “Don’t shoot me”, and a range of accusations and confessions, is the sincerity of defiance through close-ups and composed shots working not against, but in urgent, sustained opposition to silence.

Free entry. Open to public. Runs till December 9. Open Sat-Thu 9am-5pm. The Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, QF Education City, Al Luqta (4402 0555).

By Shereen D’Souza
Time Out Doha,

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