Maysaloun Faraj

Maysaloun Faraj is an Iraqi-American painter, sculptor and curator living in London.  Displaced by decades of war, Faraj creates work that is deeply rooted in her personal connection to Iraq, the intersection of place and identity, and overarching societal concerns. Faraj received a BS in Architecture from the University of Baghdad (1978) and studied ceramic sculpture at Putney School of Art and Design. Faraj was also a resident artist at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2015-2018).  Her artistic career spans four decades and she has become an integral figure in the rise of contemporary Middle Eastern art, curating Strokes of Genius, the first international exhibition of Iraqi modern art which toured internationally (2000-3) and co-founded Aya Gallery, London to advance art from Iraq and the Middle East.  Her work is in many major institutions, including The British Museum, London.; National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; and the Barjeel Foundation, Sharjah.

 

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