Ayad Alkadhi, ‘Untitled I (In Vitro series)’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

About Ayad Alkadhi

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.”

Iraqi, b. 1971, Baghdad, Iraq, based in New York, New York

Group Shows

Causey Contemporary, 
New York,