TrAIN Open Lecture | Political Issue in Art | Hanaa' Malallah & kennardphillips

Open Lecture


Photo Op, Kennardphillips, 2005


USA Heritage Flag, Clothes and Hand Embroidary 150x90cm, 2011

TrAIN Open Lecture | Political Issue in Art | A TrAIN Open Lecture by Iraqi Artist Hanaa’ Malallah and UK Duo Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips.

TrAIN Research Centre Open Lecture Series presents
Political Issue in Art; a talk by Hanaa’ Malallah & kennardphillips
who are currently exhibiting Iraq: How, Where, For Whom? at
Qattan Foundation/Mosaic Rooms.

The talk will be introduced by Dr. Mo Throp and there will be a
Q&A session afterwards.

“First of all, I would like to point out this; I am not a political artist, but
I am somehow political, because of my identity as an Iraqi, how I lived for
35 years under war and I have been
completely saturated by destruction and ruination of wars. I left Baghdad
in November 2006, so, all my practice has emerged over a thirty five year
period, in which my education and art practice have intertwined with
experience of the Iran-Iraq war, the first Gulf War, the sanction regime and
the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation, then on top of that now I
am in exile! So, from this experience there is political issue in my
artwork. Briefly, I am political artist by destiny! Comparison with
Kennardphillips, who are completely political by choice.”
Hanaa’ Malallah

This event is free and open to all but places are limited so please RSVP to the TrAIN Administrator, Nick (

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