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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Rashad Salim, United Kingdom

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Proposal Title: Kite Memorial, 12/04/2007, Performance

Proposal Synopsis: One of the two traditional seasons of kite flying in Iraq falls about the anniversary of the invasion. Organise and provide for workshops led by local kite makers and orphans towards creating and raising kites made by/for citizens who have lost family with the names and possibly any other information/image/letter of the dead on or attached to the kites to reclaim the sky. Whole families have been wiped out and a part of the project is to identify, remember and commemorate those as well. Gather the kites, carefully document each and then roof, shade a bridge (the Aaima bidge between Kadhamain and A'dhamia to start with)... These kites should then be stored for the next flight season, those damaged remade. With each season more kites would be made as the names and details of the lost are further gathered and the performance expands inclusively and is ritualised into a memorial tradition.

Artist's Biography: German of Iraqi origin, Graphic Arts, Institute of fine Arts, Baghdad. St. Martins School of Art, London. "Tigris" reed boat expedition 1978 sailing Sumerian trade routes. Travels and residence in Iraq, England, Morocco and Yemen. Artist/researcher in history of culture and technology with focus on "headgear". Work in education, workshops and exhibitions, publications (writings and illustration) film, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Independent cultural activist, volunteer and grass root development. Concerned with the issue of depleted uranium. Member of iNCiA the International Network of Contemporary Iraqi Artists and associate of the Iraqi Artists society.

Artist's Website: http://www.incia.co.uk

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