A selection of recent, important artworks executed between 2011 and 2013 by leading Iraqi artist Hanaa Malallah is to be exhibited at The Park Gallery from 24 June - 6 July 2013 as part of the Shubbak Festival programme, an initiative launched by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. We would encourage you to take this opportunity to see some of the artist's most recently completed works, including a 2 x 2 m, mixed-media piece entitled 'Self Portrait' (see above image), a piece that focuses on the artist's exploration of the 'liminal space between Figuration and Abstraction'. In conjunction with the exhibition, we will be hosting an Artist's Talk in the unique surroundings of Leighton House Museum on Monday 24th June, to be chaired by Louisa Macmillan; an opportunity to hear about the artist's creative process and to pose questions to her of your own. (If you would like to attend this artist's talk, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name as places are strictly limited).
Hanaa Malallah studied Fine Art in Baghdad with an emphasis on graphics and painting. In 2005 her thesis concerning the logic order in Mesopotamian drawing gained her a PhD in the Philosophy of Painting. She has taught and lectured widely at a several faculties of the University of Fine Arts in Baghdad. At the end of 2006 she left Iraq for an artist residency at the Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris and from there followed the call of a fellowship offered by SOAS in London in 2008. Her work graces numerous private collections, art centres and museums, including the Centre for Modern Art, Baghdad, the Jordan National Museum Amman, The British Museum, The Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha and The Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah. Regarded as one of Iraq's leading and most innovative contemporary artists, she has reached international acclaim through her profoundly visceral, mixed-media compositions, the embodiment of three decades of war and violence in Iraq. Malallah's work is thoughtful, academic and artistically intricate, resulting in large, thought-provoking mixed media pieces. She now lives and works in London.