Of course, there’s a flipside to the so-called “recreation.” Though he now resides in London and has been working in Europe for decades, Faisel was born in Iraq and attended the Institute of Fine Arts and Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad. Looking back at his native culture, the artist is both affectionate and critical. There seems to be peace and beauty in his portrayals of the individuals that appear alongside shops and homes—the man and boy (most likely father and son) in The Material Shop (2013), the feminine figure of Abaya woman (2014), the turbaned vendor surrounded by colorful fruit in The Watermelon Seller (2010). But observed together as a collection, hanging on the gallery walls, viewers may notice the repetition of forms, and a consistent theme of servility. Faisel suggests a challenge to certain elements of culture and class structure in contemporary Iraq: women relegated to a domestic sphere, professions being passed down from father to son, and the idea of a person who is born to serve, for instance.