‘Letters from Baghad’, 2013-ongoing
‘Letters from Baghdad’ is the title of an ongoing series of drawings. The drawings have a hectic nervous energy. In the drawings there are references to the ancient civilisation of Sumer, the cityscape of Baghdad, but most of important of all to the biography of Salam Atta Sabri himself. Dates and places are written all over the dense loaded drawings. The artist returned to his hometown Baghdad after the death of Sadam Hussein, convinced that things were going to be better. The nightmare of a new war in the aftermath of the second Gulf War he entered in were the material which made him make these drawings. Here drawing is a way of therapy, or even as a way of mourning.