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Salam Atta Sabri

About the Artist

Salam Atta Sabri (b. 1953, Baghdad) is an artist who was based in the USA and Jordan for sixteen years, and in 2005 returned to his homeland, Iraq. His practice, which is primarily fantastical, colourful scenes executed in ink and colour pencils on paper, can be understood as visual diaries of his personal experiences and surroundings. Letters from Baghdad (2005-15) was first shown at the Iraq Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale. Sabri’s collaboration with the Ruya Foundation led to commissions such as Date Palm Killing Fields series (2016), highlighting the destruction of Iraq’s date palm orchards. Sabri’s art intricately weaves together Iraq’s modern art, ancient history, and his own narrative, addressing the nation’s conflicts and transformations.

Salam Atta Sabri was one of the first artists commissioned for ITERARTE’s variations project. He holds a BFA in ceramics from California State University. His work is featured in the SMAK permanent collection as well as several private collections in the Middle East.

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