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By Nadje Al-Ali

While the profession of Iraq and its aftermath has got media and political recognition, we all know little or no in regards to the daily lives of Iraqis. Iraqi males, girls, and youngsters will not be in simple terms passive sufferers of violence, weak recipients of repressive regimes, or bystanders in their country’s destruction. within the face of chance and trauma, Iraqis proceed to manage, getting ready nutrients, sending their kids to college, socializing, telling jokes, and dreaming of a higher destiny. in the realm of mind's eye and inventive expression, the editors locate that many Iraqi artists haven't simply survived yet have additionally sought therapeutic.

In we're Iraqis, Al-Ali and Al-Najjar show off written and visible contributions through Iraqi artists, writers, poets, filmmakers, photographers, and activists. individuals discover the best way Iraqis keep, subvert, and convey paintings and activism as methods of dealing with melancholy and resisting chaos and destruction. the 1st anthology of its variety, we're Iraqis brings into concentration the multitude of ethnicities, religions, and reports which are all a part of Iraq.

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While rumors and facts violently collide, incidents of harassments, threats, and death among Iraqi intellectuals increase. As the number of killed Iraqi academics rise, non-academic intellectuals and creative individuals also join the list. The situation is the same for archaeologists. Statistics collected by the Iraqi Ministry of Culture report that eighteen archaeologists and researchers have been killed since late 2005. There aren’t archaeologists remaining in Iraq because most of them have been killed and the others have fled from the violence.

By the time this book is published, most of our contributors will be part of the Iraqi diaspora. Some have been living for many years away from their country of origin or that of their parents. Some have xl Introduction 1. Wafer Shayota, Tigris and Euphrates. Courtesy of the artist. only started to think about Iraq and their Iraqiness in the context of economic sanctions, wars, and the recent invasions and occupation. Some of our contributors have been only very recently displaced and are still very much struggling with the trauma and challenges related to living in a new and alien environment.

Freedom of De struc tion The destruction of Iraqi visual production covered a number of different but connected components, both tangible and intangible. The physical part of this destruction includes the actual loss of artworks and devastation of infrastructure. Following 2003, works of art were the objects of looting and spoil. The collection of the former Saddam Center for the Arts has been fully dissipated. A considerable number of the collection’s works are still at large. Private galleries have become largely ineffective, and important private collections are fast getting fragmented and scattered around the world (Shabout 2006c & 2006d).

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