Ali's Boat

2014

Consisting  of 3 Animation films, a series of drawings, notebooks, paintings, letter and a boat. The main short film animation is "Ali's Boat" 06:37, made of charcoal drawings, Full HD, black & white. The work was inspired by a letter given to the artist from his young nephew in Baghdad – Iraq, wishing that his letter and his drawing of a boat in it would carry him away from his land to the Netherlands, where his uncle-the artist lives.

> Traditional small Boat (Mashhof) from the Southern Iraqi Marshes. Built there artisanally at the artist's request and specifications, 2014.
 
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> Ali’s original letter, 2009, 20 x 29 cm. Ballpoint pen on paper.
 

Ali's Baot

06:37 minutes, sound, 2015.

 

A Letter

05:04 minutes, Silent, 2015.

 

Flying over Baghdad

05:28 minutes, Silent, 2015.

 

Selected stills / frames

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Ali's Boat Dairy 1

2014, 100 drawing pages, 19 x 16 cm. Indian ink and charcoal on notebook paper.

> 46 selected images of 100 pages.
> "Though perhaps a white horse is waiting for you, with its wings and hooves"
 

Ali's Boat Dairy 2

2014, 87 drawing pages, 21 x 14.5 cm. Indian ink and charcoal on notebook paper.

> 45 selected images of 87 pages.
 

Ali's Boat Dairy 3

2014, 17 drawing pages, 14 x 10 cm. Graphite pencil on notebook paper.

some of these dairy drawings were also produced as print edition size 82 x 59 cm.

> 14 selected images from 61 pages.
 

Selected Paintings

> Take Your Boat and Abundant Your Home, 2014, 270 x 678 cm. Indian ink, charcoal on canvas.
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> Flying over Baghdad, 2014, 270 x 678 cm. Indian ink, charcoal, printed paper on canvas.
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> Don't put All Your Dreams in One Boat, 2014, 270 x 390 cm. Indian ink, charcoal, printed paper on canvas.
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> Don't put All Your Dreams in One Boat, 2014, 270 x 390 cm. Indian ink, charcoal, printed paper on canvas
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> Don't put All Your Dreams in One Boat, 2014, 270 x 390 cm. Indian ink, charcoal, printed paper on canvas
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Installation view at several venues

> Selected images from: British Museum ; Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp ; 56th Venice Biennale (Eye of the Thunderstorm Pavilion) ; Ayyam Gallery, Dubai - Bierut ; Tanit Gallery, Beirut - Munich.
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© Sadik Kwaish Alfraji