Book Culture Hosts Iraqi Refugee Art
Book Culture is hosting an exhibit of 15 paintings by Iraqi refugee artists through March 29. Most of the painters included in the exhibit studied art in Baghdad and began their careers there until the violence following the 2003 U.S. invasion forced them to flee.
They and several dozen of their colleagues fled to Damascus where they enjoyed safe haven for a few years until the current fighting forced them to flee once again. Most of the artists in this exhibit have been resettled in the U.S. and Canada; the rest of their colleagues have become “double refugees,” fleeing back to Iraq which itself has become a very violent place.
These paintings are for sale by silent auction. A reception will be held at Book Culture from 3pm to 4 pm on Saturday, March 29th with a presentation about the art. Sale of the paintings benefit the refugees. The exhibit is sponsored by Common Humanity, a New York-based humanitarian organization.
Book Culture is an independent bookstore located at 536 W. 112th Street in Manhattan. For more information about the art, contact: ML9612921@aol.com.