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Ayad Alkadhi

Untitled I (In Vitro series), 2013

Charcoal, acrylic, pen and pencil on canvas
96 × 72 in
243.8 × 182.9 cm
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Dubai, New York
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Ayad Alkadhi
Iraqi, b. 1971
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In his turbulent mixed-media imagery, U.S.-based Iraqi artist Ayad Alkadhi probes the intersection of Eastern and Western culture and politics. Drawing from the tradition of Arabic calligraphy, Alkadhi works predominantly in charcoal, acrylic, pen, and pencil, layered on top of Arabic newspaper applied to canvas. Using cuttings of reports of war, Alkadhi critiques the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, alluding frequently to Iraqi casualties, and in one series to the prisoners of Abu Ghraib. Gas pumps are also a regular motif, the gas nozzle heads modified to look like guns or male genitalia. “Being a war survivor dominates one’s psyche. It is a layer that is not easily shed,” Alkadhi has said. “I use sarcasm, anger, sex, and humor to express the topics in question.”

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Iraqi, b. 1971
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In his turbulent mixed-media imagery, U.S.-based Iraqi artist Ayad Alkadhi probes the intersection of Eastern and Western culture and politics. Drawing from the tradition of Arabic calligraphy, Alkadhi works predominantly in charcoal, acrylic, pen, and pencil, layered on top of Arabic newspaper applied to canvas. Using cuttings of reports of war, Alkadhi critiques the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, alluding frequently to Iraqi casualties, and in one series to the prisoners of Abu Ghraib. Gas pumps are also a regular motif, the gas nozzle heads modified to look like guns or male genitalia. “Being a war survivor dominates one’s psyche. It is a layer that is not easily shed,” Alkadhi has said. “I use sarcasm, anger, sex, and humor to express the topics in question.”

Ayad Alkadhi

Untitled I (In Vitro series), 2013

Charcoal, acrylic, pen and pencil on canvas
96 × 72 in
243.8 × 182.9 cm
Contact For Price
Location
Dubai, New York
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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