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  A Reunion of Iraqi Imagination; An Iraqi family of three artists, living in different continents, united in one Gallery
September 22 - 29, 2012
Each artist left Iraq for different reasons and each of them continues to follow their passion in art. After several decades, they are meeting in New York to bring their art together and tell their story in their artwork.
Hassan Massoudy (My Uncle):  Immigrated to France 1968:
Hassan Massoudy was born in Iraq in 1944, and at the age of seventeen, he began working with calligraphers in Baghdad for eight years. In June 1969, he attended the Fine Arts School in Paris, France and has lived there ever since.
Awes Al Jidd (My Nephew): Immigrated to U.A.E.  2007
Awes was born in Baghdad in 1972. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Art majoring in Ceramics and he earned a diploma from the Academy of Occupations and Popular Arts in 1991.  In the Present time Awes live in the United Arab Emirates.
Suhad Turayhi- Immigrated to USA 1978:
Suhad was born and raised in Baghdad. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Art, University of Baghdad 1976.  In 1980, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Suhad became a fully licensed interior designer with National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certification in 1987.
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  Samar Al Shamsi
Contemporary Women’s Concerns

June 1 through June 7, 2012
Her work, Middle Eastern in culture, is juxtaposed with the objects and interpretation of her local culture. The resulting paintings are often playful and perceptive explorations of cultural identity.
Her paintings are from a series of realistic Arabic works, representing the force of the Arabic woman as that of a horse.
Samar Al Shamsi was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She obtained a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford University in England, and an Honorary Doctorate from American University for Science and Technology California, and is currently studying political science in Lebanon. She currently lives in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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  Contemporary Iraqi Art Auction
Fundraiser at the Pomegranate Gallery

Friday, November 18, 2011
The Iraqi Student Project's New York City Chapter will host an art auction fundraiser at the Pomegranate Gallery in SoHo, owned by renowned Iraqi sculptor Oded Halahmy. The auction features exceptional contemporary Iraqi art for every taste and budget in the form of sculpture, decorative objects, paintings, and mixed media. Guests are welcome to enjoy and bid on the artwork in a silent auction format from 6:45 to 9:30pm, with a bar, Middle Eastern food, and music curated by Alwan for the Arts.
Featured artists can be view in this video on the ISP-NYC website.Proceedings from art sales will be given evenly to the Iraqi Student Project and The Oded Halahmy Foundation for the Arts. Payment accepted for artwork is cash or check only. Shipping is free for all pieces.
It is the hope that through the funds raised at this exciting event, the Iraqi Student Project will be able to provide adequate financial support for exceptional Iraqi college students sponsored by the ISP program. 
Featured Artists of the Evening:
Oded Halahmy / Hayder Ali / Shakir Al-Alousi / Amal Alwan / Thamir Dawood / Mohammed Al-Hamdany / Ismail Khayat / Hassan Massoudy / Esam Pasha / Naziha Rashid / Qasim Sabti /  Elly Simmons
  Thamer Dawood
Shakir Al-Alousi
Pulse from Mesopotamia

October 22nd, 2011

Thamer Dawood was born in Iraq, the country which invented writing, where signs converted from voice to a picture and became later the foundation of human thinking…
Shakir Al-Alousi’s journey is framed with simplicity and depth. His paintings take you to a journey above the clouds with enchanting creatures straight from the Arabian Nights.

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  "If It Be Your Will"
Peace, Love, Eros & the Blues

Works on Canvas, Paper and Collage by San Francisco Bay Area Artist Elly Simmons
October 13 - 20, 2011
....an internationally exhibited artist, is well-known for her dual commitments to
art and to activism. She has created numerous posters for political and cultural groups
over the past twenty five years, while primarily working as a painter and collage artist,
and in collaboration with different master printers, mosaic artists, muralists and tapestry artists.
Her work is in museum collections around the country
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  REMEMBERING BAGHDAD
An Evening of Iraqi Music, with Yair Dalal, Omar Bashir & Erez Mounk

Saturday, May 1st, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Yair Dalal, born in 1955; is a composer, violinist, oud player and singer; he is probably the most prolific Israeli ethnic musician and plays an important role in shaping the global world music scene. Omar Bashir is the son of late influential oud player Munir Bashir (1930-1997), Bashir has taught choir singing and music theory for the music department at Baghdad's University of Sciences. Master Percussionist Erez Mounk plays Middle Eastern percussion such as the darbuka, rikk, and various frame drums. He performs and records in Israel, Europe, the United States and Japan.

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  SWEET DATES IN BASRA
A new novel by Jessica Jiji

Book signing and Reception,with live Middle Eastern music
ThursdayApril 29th, 2010
“In this story of love and search for identity,Jessica Jiji succeeds fully in capturing passions, depth of feeling, and strong relationships beyond ethnic and religious differences.”
– Naim Kattan, author of Farewell Babylon
  WHITE MASKS
Elias Khoury’s remarkable novel of the Lebanese civil war

Book signing and Reception

Thursday, April 15th, 2010
“No Lebanese writer has been more successful than Khoury in telling the story of Lebanon…Khoury is one of the most innovative novelists in the Arab world.”
Washington Post Book World
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  Iraqi Mosaic: New Works by Iraqi Artists
March 7th through March 28th, 2009
Iraqi Mosaic will feature paintings and silkscreens by Thamer Dawood...born in Baghdad 1966, received his diploma from the Fine Arts Institute in Baghdad in 1986...practiced the art of painting,...with deep understanding of colors and lines, and also his knowledge of the history of general art, particularly contemporary Iraqi plastic modern art.
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  Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun
December 12, 7:00 pm, Presentation and book signing with Wafaa Bilal
Bilal lived alone in a prison cell-sized room in the line of fire of a remote-controlled paintball gun and a camera that connected him to internet viewers around the world.
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  UNSEENAMERICA: Arab Women in Brooklyn
A project of Bread and Roses 1199SEIU

September 10th, 2008 / Performance and Exhibition
Heather Raffo, playwright and actress, will read from her play "Nine Parts of Desire."
Begun as a 12 week photography workshop taught as part of UNSEENAMERICA, a nation-wide, community-based arts and social justice program. Run by Bread and Roses, a 29-year old organization dedicated to bringing cultural experiences to the disenfranchised, the program transforms ordinary people into artists with cameras, encouraging them to document and describe their worlds through photography and original texts.
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  IMAGE ‘N WORDS
SARÉ - Oils and Etchings
NORA ARMANI - Poems and Scribblings

September 6th and 7th, 2008 / Performance and Exhibition
One paints, the other writes; one comes from Armenia, the other from the Diaspora (Egypt); one designs sets, the other acts. They meet in 1991 on the set of the first independent feature film to be shot in Armenia following the country’s independence after break up of the Soviet Union. Their meeting generates a first collaboration in 1993 at the Gallerie Les Cents in Paris where they are both living at the time and experiencing rootless-ness while searching for their ‘selves’. One searched through shapes and colors, the other with letters and punctuations.
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  Oil on Landscape:
Art From Wartime Contemporaries of Baghdad
May 24th through June 21st, 2008
The scope of the exhibition includes works on Iraqi refugees, the children of war, genocide, and an Iraqi perspective on Shock and Awe.
Artists include; Mohammed [Hussein] al Hamdany, Khudayer al Shakarji, Sadik Jaffar, Ahmed Nousaife, Sat’aar Darweesh
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  PIECE PROCESS: EVERY WALL SHALL FALL
March 1 - 29th, 2008
These artists, both Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish and Arab, men and women, are committed to exhibiting together in order to explore the Israel-Palestine conflict and the possibility of peace.
Participating artists include Granite Amit, Doris Bittar, Rajie Cook, Abdelali Dahrouch, Joyce Dallal, Hanah Diab, Michele Feder-Nadoff, John Halaka,
Kanaan Kanaan, John Pitman-Weber, Jenny Polak and Amie Potsic.
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  My Roof in Ruins, I Drown in Light:
Recent paintings by Osama Khatlan

February 2 - 23rd, 2008
"The expression of experience becomes possible with an organic link to disclose the values of color, line, form and material that create a total human understanding. A spectator is to be believed. I want to think that my paintings contain a clear reflection of the overriding human passions that unfold with increasing assurance."
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  OFFERING RECONCILIATION
135 Israeli and Palestinian artists received clay bowls under the theme of "Offering Reconciliation."
October 4th –18th, 2007
From this point forth they each embarked on a personal path, to each their own interpretation and narrative of reconciliation and all the values that stem from it - coexistence, pain, loss, rift and fusion. Each artist presents his own unique reconciliation piece as a means of hope.
The exhibit was conceived and organized by The Parents Circle – Families Forum, an organization of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families working for reconciliation and peace.
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  BABYLONINAN WOMEN
Four Californian Artists with Roots in Iraq

Curated by and includes artist Lidia Shaddow, with Halla Ayla, Joyce Dallal and Doris Bittar.
September 6th through September 27th, 2007
“This exhibition grew from a personal search for artistic representation of the Arab culture in Los Angeles, separate from the news and the negative stigma that resonates from the word ‘Arab’. A view that focused on the beauty and the richness of that and echoes my upbringing. Being born to an Iraqi father in Israel of the early sixties was not something to be proud of, however, my Babylonian roots were not even an issue upon emigrating to America. Between shame and denial of ones cultural identity lays a strong need to reunite with it. In the search for that familiar voice I found these three exceptional artists.” - Curator
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Contemporary Iraqi Art - 2007 Spring / Summer Exhibition
Hana Mal-Allah
Ismail Khayat
Qasim Sabti
Mohammed Al Shammarey
Hayder Ali
Nazar Yahya
Naziha Rashid
Amar Dawod
Esam Pasha
Ghassam Ghayeb
Farah Nosh
Oded Halahmy
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  IRAQ: Contemporary Viewpoints
November 7th through December 9th, 2006
The artists represented offer assorted portrayals of life in Iraq, ranging from fond memories represented in painting and sculpture to contemporary photography that addresses the reality of life in a state of chaos.
Farah Nosh / Canada
Yuri Kozyrev / Russia
Tyler Hicks / Sao Paulo, Brazil
Naziha Rashid / Baghdad, Iraq
Osama Khatlan / Diwaniya, Iraq
Ismail Khayat / Kurdistan (Mountainous region of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria)
Oded Halahmy / Baghdad, Iraq / Israel / Canada / New York

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  The Anfal Memory Series: A series of masks created by Ismail Khayat
September 9th through October 21st, 2006
This will be Ismail Khayat’s first solo exhibition in the United States. With the Anfal Memory series, Ismail Khayat, the former head of Kurdistan’s Art Department of the Ministry of Culture Art, honors the 182,000 Kurds who were killed by order of Saddam Hussein. Painted in watercolor and India ink, the masks are boldly expressive and colorful, yet stand as memorials created by an artist who escaped the terrible genocide.
Khayat was born in Khanaken, Kurdistan in 1944, and has been a member of the Iraqi Artist Association since 1965 and the Iraqi Artist Syndicate since 1970. After teaching art in Sulaymania ..... read more....
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  Summer Group Show: Iraqi Art Today
June 14 to September 4, 2006
The exhibiting artists have not only survived wars and years of oppression, but their art reflects the irrepressible spirit of rebirth and the resilience of the creative spirit. Largely abstract, these paintings stand as tactile and visible testament to the most admirable traits of resilience and rebirth. Although none of the artists display an overtly political message, independent exhibition curator Peter Hastings Falk says that viewers will discover an underlying social edginess at the soul of what is largely sophisticated abstraction.
Artists: Ghassan Muhsin, Hana Malallah, Esam Pasha, Mohammed Al-Shammarey, Hayder Ali, Qasim Sabt, Ghassan Gayeb, Nazar Yahya, Delair Shaker
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  The Pomegranate Gallery presents Safaafir
Friday, June 16th, 2006 7:00 p.m.
The Pomegranate Gallery and the Foundation for the Arts are proud to present a performance by Safaafir in celebration of their first CD release, featuring:
Amir El Saffar: santur and vocals
Dena El Saffar: joza, violin and vocals
Tim Moore: percussion and vocals
Johnny Farraj: riqq and vocals

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  Samuel Shimon reads from “An Iraqi in Paris”
May 25th, 2006
The Pomegranate Gallery hosts a book signing and reading by the Iraqi poet,novelist and journalist, Samuel Shimon.
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  Out of Iraq: Meditations on the Homeland
Curated by Leila Kubba
May 11 through June
8, 2006

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  Location / Dislocation: Contemporary Work with Middle Eastern Roots
March 30th through May 6th, 2006
Curated by Karen Shasha
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  Yair Dalal in Baghdad-Yaffo-New York, A Musical Journey
Saturday April 8, 2006 at 7:00 p.m
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  From Baghdad to New York: Part II of the Iraqi Phoenix Group
Tuesday, February 28th through Tuesday, March 26th, 2006.
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  The Pomegranate Gallery presents a book signing party for Hadani Ditmars’ new book, Dancing In The No-Fly Zone: A Woman’s Journey Through Iraq
Friday, February 3, 2006 at 6:30 pm.
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  From Baghdad to New York: Part I of the Iraqi Phoenix Group
The Art Gallery as Cultural Ambassador: America’s First View of Artists from Baghdad
The first gallery in America to specialize in works by artists of the Middle East will open January 19th in SoHo at the Pomegranate Gallery
Thursday, January 19th through February 22nd, 2006
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