For the 1st time since Saddam Hussein's rise to power 35 years ago, Iraq has a presence at the Venice Biennale - the show that is the Olympics of the international art world calendar. We follow 6 artists as they prepare for opening night.



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Episode credited cast:
Alan Yentob ...
Himself - Presenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Halim Al Karim ...
Ahmed Al Soudani ...
Ali Assaf ...
Walid Siti ...


Thousands of years ago, Iraq was the cradle of civilization - Mesopotamia, the 'land between two rivers' - the Garden of Eden. Decades of despotism, destruction and despair have stifled its art, but now, despite all the dangers and difficulties, art is re-emerging. Jill Nicholls' film tells the moving stories of six Iraqi artists, all scattered around the world, and follows them as they prepare their work for Venice. The artists include Halim Al Karim, who survived for three years in a hole in the desert, escaping conscription into the Iran Iraq war; as well as Walid Siti, dreaming of the mountains of Kurdistan in his East London studio and going back to Iraq to gather images for his work. Also Ali Assaf, poetically evoking his home town of Basra back in the days when it was called the Venice of the East; and Ahmed Al Soudani, whose visceral paintings of violence and chaos sell for six-figure sums. The theme of this Iraqi show is not war but water - 'wounded water'. There is a water ... Written by Press Office

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