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Iraqi Artist Will Exhibit for First Time in Cuba
by Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra)
Wednesday Nov 7th, 2018 1:39 AM
The artist of Iraqi origin and Dutch nationality Athar Jaber, will be exhibiting for the first time in Cuba, as part of the program of the 13th Belgian Week in Havana, the organizers announced at a press conference.
Offerings, title of the exhibition, will be open to the public on November 9 in the Flemish and Dutch painting collection room of the National Museum of Fine Arts, located in this city.

The exhibition is composed of 27 pieces that mark the artistic journey of the creator and his work with figurative sculptures and interactive pieces marked by the performance component. As explained by the sculptor, his fundamental objective is to focus the attention of the spectator on the actions of offerings and ritual practices that are present in our daily life and, however, often go unnoticed.

In addition, he said, many of these pieces are made with all intention for Cuba, after a study he made on local culture and Afro-Cuban religion, which were interesting in his artistic practice. According to the curator of the show, Oscar Antuña, the most frequent themes in his work are violence, identity, entropy and migrations, usually using nude, unfinished, ambiguous and distorted bodies that do not respond to a specific context.

In addition to this exhibition, Jaber will have the opportunity to exchange with plastic arts students in a creation workshop between Cubans and Belgians that will take place at the Higher Institute of Art. He is currently professor of sculpture at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts and has participated in important exhibitions in European art centres such as the 2015 Medici-Riccardi Palace, in Florence, Italy, and the 2016 Monchengladbach gallery in Germany.

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