Welcome to Iraq : South London Gallery

Welcome to iraq

Get your souk boots on for an evening of Iraqi entertainments.

Re-align your vision of Persia’s heartland with the Tigris and Euphrates, Ur of the Chaldees and the academies of Mesopotamia.


South London Gallery invites you to clear your mind of Desert Strike cliche and embrace the culture of Iraq.

Join us for this live event, featuring a talk, a performance and traditional Iraqi food, on the occasion of our current exhibition, Welcome to Iraq.

Welcome to iraq

5-6pm
Iraqi tea and biscuits are served, accompanied by Falgoosh radio which transmits a comprehensive playlist of songs written about Baghdad, including those by Kate Bush, Patti Smith and Oum Khaltoum.

6-7pm
Talk: Hanaa Malallah in conversation with Louisa Macmillan and Dr Mo Throp
Artist Hanaa Malallah discusses the art scene in Iraq before and after occupation, as well as Iraqi artists working inside and outside Iraq, with independent curator Louisa Macmillan and artist and researcher Dr Mo Throp.

6-7.30pm
No67 serves a selection of dishes inspired by traditional Iraqi cuisine. Prices start from £4. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

7.30-8.30pm
Performance with sound artist Fari Bradley
Sound artist Fari Bradley leads a performance with the participation of qanoon player Nilufar Habibian, poet Ghareeb Iskander and playwright/novelist Hassan Abdulrazzak.

No booking required.

Wed 16 Apr, 5-9pm, Main Gallery, Free

Photos (left to right): Fari Bradley, photo by Inzajeano Latif; WAMI (Yaseen Wami, Hashim Taeeh), Untitled, 2013, cardboard and mixed media; traditional Iraqi biscuits at the South London Gallery. 

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