From my humble experience and intermingling within the cultural milieu of Iraq... I've heard stories of art fanciers who would roam every single country but to feel the heart of art... I will be specifically talking about painting in my country.
|Karradah, Baghdad, Iraq|
One of the best ever evidences for me to support my view as how precious the Iraqi art is that when I’ve came across some German art specialists who had previously the opportunity to visit the artistic outlet at Karradah, Baghdad where you can see dozens and dozens of works on every single side of the place if you’d ever been there. Those Germans declared that there aren't any artistically energetic place in the world but Montmartre and that humble marketplace in Baghdad. I thought about it for a while and came up with, what I can say like, an analysis of why the whole world doesn't have such places but Baghdad and Paris which both couldn't be in a way or another comparable. I came into similarities and differences and found that Extremes might meet up especially when they have one thing in common.
Let’s begin with the extremes... What are the extremes of these two holistically different ambiances?!
France DO encourage every person to be an artist. You can’t imagine how the art is in the essence of Paris and how it takes an ample domain in the creation of La Vie Parisenne. Iraq, on the contrary, does NOT encourage anybody to be an artist... In addition, the nature of Iraq offers but some gloomy deserted landscape lacking all the natural diversity of Europe. The other extreme thing is that French community is artistic in every aspect and only the elite would meet up in Montmartre or cultural carnivals. So, it would be the elite of the already artistically elite community. Frankly speaking, most of the Iraqi community ridicule the artistic aspect of everything. So, the Iraqi artist should distance himself from his own community and abandon his own friends to live in and meet up with only the relatively small circle of people, the Iraqi artists, and that seclusion should create but a proper channel to create elite artists.
|Montmartre, Paris, France|
I think the picture is being clearer for you know… you are beginning to feel the resemblance between Parisian and Baghdadi elite artistic circles... Yes! It’s Bohemia! Bohemian lifestyle which creates, due to normal human relations retirement, a space for creative imagination and some kind of beautiful positive craziness to be innovative, original and imaginative... that is to know nothing about human mind limits... So that was the common thing between Iraqi and French artistic milieus and the rest of the world communities which are in between regarding community acceptance of art always have their artists indulged more into everyday life and interact with every person of the community without those limitless creative circles and they may work as to carry out the demanded work and getting paid for it and that’s it.
That was in my humble opinion on how such community extremes could meet up it something productive and splendid as painting. My opinions but represent myself. However, I really wish that all of the Iraq’s interior extremes could find their common goals and could be honest and sincere with each other. I don’t have anything but HOPE...