Iron bookcase, burned old books


Detritus of Knowledge
Mixed media on metal
123150250 cm

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2003 . . . . . .

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Within the framework of the consequences and repercussions of the post-war period in the wake of the war launched on Iraq in the spring of 2003, when we returned to the College of Fine Arts in Baghdad to resume our Master's Degree studies, I was utterly shocked to find that the library of the College had been completely burnt and that all the precious books had been transformed to mere detritus.

Not even a single book remained. All the educational and scientific reference books, all the sources of knowledge, all of them had been made scattered ashes. This was the situation of most libraries in Iraqi universities, institutes and colleges. The students could no more seek help in those treasures of knowledge which is essential for their academic achievement.

In this Artwork, I attempt to bring back that time via the Video Art in an expressionistic style to help the audience imagine the atrocity of the act and catastrophic tragedy of the event. This iron book case, with the cuneiform shape of its top view section, is a sample of hundreds of iron book cases that were victimized in distressful assaults.

A melancholic book case. On its shelves are thousands of books, precious victims of deliberate burning. A provoking scene that motivates sensations and urges us to think about the causes and repercussions of the destructive aggression.

À notre retour au collge des beaux arts Bagdad, prt reprendre nos tudes de master dans cette priode de post-guerre, aprs les attaques contre lIraq au printemps 2003, jtais boulevers de voir que la librairie du collge avait t brle entirement. Tous ces livres prcieux, tous les livres dducation et de rfrence scientifique, toutes ces sources du savoir, rduites en cendres.

Pas un seul livre ne demeura. Ctait la situation de presque toutes les librairies duniversit, dinstituts et des collges iraquiens.Les tudiants navaient plus leur disposition tous ces trsors du savoir, essentiel toute russite acadmique.

Dans cet uvre, jessaye de reprsenter cette poque travers lart vido dans un style expressionniste, pour permettre laudience de simaginer latrocit et la tragdie catastrophique de lvnement. Cette bibliothque ferrique avec les symboles cuniformes sur la partie suprieure est seulement un exemple pour centaines de bibliothques qui ont t dtruites dans des attaques atroces. Cest une bibliothque mlancolique. Sur ses tagres sont des milliers de livres, des objets prcieux, victimes dincendies dlibres. Une scne provocatrice qui veille des sentiments et qui nous pousse rflchir sur les causes et les effets de cette agression destructive.




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