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The Hero, 1963
Öl auf Leinwand
197,5 x 139,5 cm
Geboren 1927, Bagdad, Irak
Gestorben 2012, Maidenhead, Vereinigtes Königreich
The painting portrays the moment before the execution of the secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party, Husain Ahmad al-Radi, also known by his party name Salam Adil. This hero, facing execution, represents the demise of an ideology. The purge of Communists that ensued in Iraq after the 1963 Ba’ath-led coup d’état, had an immense impact on Sabri’s work. The Hero is both a tribute and an homage to his friend Salam Adil, an amateur artist, with whom he shared an interest in philosophy and art. In this work, Sabri assimilated references from several visual sources such as Christian iconography and the aesthetics of social realism, and interlaced documentation with fictitious and symbolic constructions.
Text von Suheyla Takesh, aus ihrer Masterarbeit, MIT, 2018
© Foto: Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation
Höhepunkte aus der Sammlung der Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah Art Museum, VAE, 12. Mai 2018 - 31. Mai 2023. Kuratoren: Salwa Mikdadi, Mandy Merzaban, Karim Sultan.