Art and Politics in Iraq: Examining the Freedom Monument in Baghdad


The Iraqi Freedom Monument by Jawad Salim in Baghdad is an example of an artistic achievement that came into existence as a result of a clear political decision. This unique monument was designed after the changes that occurred in Iraq in 1958, the same year the Republic of Iraq was established. For this reason, one cannot understand the idea of the Freedom Monument without understanding the political reality in Iraq in the middle of the twentieth century. This paper explores the following questions: What is the relationship between the creation of the Freedom Monument and politics in Iraq? What are the factors and influences that led Jawad Salim to design this distinctive monument? What are the reasons for the special emotional relationship between the Iraqi people and the Freedom Monument?

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Orans Al-Behadili, University of Cincinnati, United States

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Conference: IICAHHawaii2017
Stream: Arts - Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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