“Baghdad Walk” – Emerging Iraqi conceptual artists convey lived experiences and perceptions of human rights in Iraq
26 November 2022
Each exhibition and installation powerfully conveyed the lived experiences and perceptions of human rights of Iraqi youth expressionist artists.
“Baghdad Walk”, a mobile group exhibition and a narrative art walk by emerging young Iraqi artists, coloured Baghdad’s historic al-Rasheed Street this weekend with their lived experiences and perceptions of human rights.
Walking through the street exhibition in solidarity and viewing the impressive displays on Friday 25 November, Chief of UNAMI’s Human Rights Office Danielle Bell explained the power of art in connecting and in expressing one’s views. “Each exhibition and installation powerfully conveyed the lived experiences and perceptions of human rights of Iraqi youth expressionist artists. Art is intricately linked to the right to the freedom of expression, as it communicates ideas, social grievances and emotions that cannot be expressed in words.”
The exhibition showcases installations and conceptual artworks as well as performances and interventions in public space. It is a joint project of Tarkib and the Embassy of Netherlands in Iraq.
In advance of the exhibition, in September and November, UNAMI Human Rights Office organized two interactive workshops for Tarkib on the promotion of human rights through visual arts, and provided mentorship to the artists on how to bring human rights themes through in their work.
UN entities involved in this initiative
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights