Proposal Synopsis: I would like to contribute to the memorial with 2 images from an existing series titled; Casualty Unreported. These works deal with the undocumented casualties in Iraq since 2003.
As of today, the number of casualties in Iraq is a disputed 150,000 to 200,000. I find it chilling that there are tens of thousands of Iraqis whose deaths have gone un-calculated and un-reported.
Leonardo da Vinci said of funeral processions: "Men are treated to great honours and ceremonies they will never know.” I believe that every human life is valuable and every life deserves to end with a dignified ceremony and honours. But for those thousand of Iraqi's there will never be such a ceremony because of the turbulent political situation in that country.
Regardless of culture, religion or race, all societies conduct their version of a funeral ceremony to honour their dead. In this series of paintings I hope to bring notice to those who did not receive the ceremony that we are all entitled to, simply because we are human. I wish to acknowledge their passing, though their individual names and stories will never be told.
Artist's Biography: Iraqi artist Ayad Alkadhi's work employs traditional and stylized forms of Arabic calligraphy as a platform to present current social and political issues of Iraq and the Middle East. Alkadhi has exhibited in the Middle East, New Zealand, Europe and the U.S. His most recent exhibits include: the Queens Museum, the Austrian Cultural forum and New York University's Bronfman's Centre in New York; the Station Museum in Houston, Texas; the European Parliament in Brussels and Art Dubai in the UAE. Contemporary Art in the Middle East, a book published by Artworld, also features his work.