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Sadik Kwaish Alfraji 

Born 1960 Baghdad, Iraq,
Work & lives in Netherlands.


Education

2000 Graphic Design Diploma, Constantijn Huygens, Kampen, Netherlands.
1987 BA, Plastic Art and Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad, Iraq.
1982 Plastic Art and Painting Diploma, Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad, Iraq.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017
- Once Upon a Time, Hadiqat Al Umma, Maraya Art Center, (Curated by Laura Metzler & Dr. Alexandra MacGilp), Sarjah, UAE.
- War Scraps At Lemvig Museum, Bunkermuseum, part of Meetings Symposium, Rom, Denmark.

2016        
- Ali’s Boat, Red Star Line Museum, (Curated by Niels Van Tomme), Antwerp, Belgium.
- A Dream Within A Dream, Tanit Gallery, Munich, Germany.

2015    
- Driven By Storms (The Notebooks), Ayyam Gallery, (Curated by Nat Muller), Beirut, Lebanon
- Driven By Storms (Ali’s Boat), Ayyam Gallery, (Curated by Nat Muller), Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE
- Ali’s Boat, Ayyam Gallery, London, UK.

2014 - Biography of a Head, Beirut Exhibition Center, (Arranged by Mayssa Fattouh), Beirut, Lebanon.

2013    
- Godot to Come Yesterday, Ayyam Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
- I Do Not Feel That I Am Free, Ayyam Gallery, London, UK.

2011    
- Waiting for Godot, Ayyam Gallery, Damascus, Syria.
- Nothing, Nobody, Ayyam Gallery, DIFC, Dubai, UAE.

2010    
- An Introduction to the Philosophy of Freedom, Stadsgalerij, Amersfoort, Netherlands.
- For the Love of Zainab, Art Singel 100, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2009    
- For the Love of Zainab, Seasons Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands.
- A Cup of Coffee with Kafka, ‘t Hoogt, Utrecht, Netherlands.

2008-09 - Born April 9th, Station Museum, Houston, Texas, USA.

2008    
- Dear Rilke we are all Travellers, Gallery Majke Husstege, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
- Art Singel 100, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2007-08 - Born April 9th, Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

2007 - Keeping Clear of Socrates, Seasons Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands.

2006 - Human Miniatures, Gallery Witteveen, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2005 - Papers of a Rational Being, 4 Walls Gallery, Amman, Jordan.

2004 - Memories of a Golden City: Baghdad, Aya Gallery, London, UK.

2000 - In Between Project, Cultural Centre Ter Dilft, Bornem, Belgium. 

1999 - Gallery Felix, Kampen, Netherlands.

1994 - French Cultural Center, Amman, Jordan.

1993 - Talisman, Baladna Gallery, Amman, Jordan.

1989
- Miniatures Wood Cut, Al-Rawaq Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq.
- Artist Books: Enuma Elish, the Babylonian Creation Myth, Al-Rashid Theater Hall, Baghdad, Iraq.


Selected Group Exhibitions / Festivals

2017        
- Archaic, The Iraq Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. 
- Meetings Symposium, Video- og performancefestival, Lemvig, Denmark.
- Between Two Round of Fire, The Exile of The Sea, drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation, (Curated by Karim Sultan), Katzen Art Center, American University Museum, Washington, USA.

2016 - Imperfect Chronology: Mapping the Contemporary II, drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation, (Curated by Omar Kholeif), Whitechapel Gallery, London.

2015        
- Who said tomorrow doesn’t exist?, TRIO Biennial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- Autonomy of Self: Rejecting violence with the lens in former Ottoman territories, P21 Gallery, London, UK.
- From the figurative to the abstract – modern art from the Arab World, British Museum, London, UK.
- Screening, Ali’s Boat, Disappearing Cities of the Arab World, British Museum, London, UK.
- Eye of the Thunderstorm: Effervescent Practices from the Arab World, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. 
- View From Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video and Mixed Media Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 
- aide-mémoire, Maraya Art Centre – Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE.  
- Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East, LACMA, Los Angeles, California, USA.

2014    
- Fluid Forms II, Samsung Blue Square, Seoul, South Korea; Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea (Curator: Yu Yeon Kim).
- View from Inside, 15th FotoFest Biennale, Houston, Texas, USA (Curator: Karin Adrian von Roques). 
- Contemporary Uprising: Art from the Middle East, Nest Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland.

2013        
- R-Evolution, Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE.
- 25 Years of Arab Creativity, Abu Dhabi Festival in partnership with Institut du Monde Arabe, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 
- UNITEXT, 9th Kaunas Biennial, M. K. Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania. 

2012    
- Screening, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Centro Cultural General San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- 25 Years of Arab Creativity, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (Curator: Ehab El Labban).
- Arab Express: The Latest Art from the Arab World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (Curator: Nanjo Fumio and Kondo Kenichi). 

2011 - International Festival of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Algiers, Algeria.

2010-11 - Told / Untold / Retold, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar (Curators: Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath).

2008
- 12 Tekenaars, Gallery Witteveen, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Old Friends & New Faces, Seasons Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands.
- New Salon: Identity has a Face with No Features, CBKU & Central Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands (Curator: Robbert Roos). 

2007
- 8th International Biennial of Engraving, Premio Acqui, Acqui Terme, Italy.
- Rabbit and House, Seoul International Book Arts Fair, Seoul, South Korea (Curator: Kestutis Vasiliunas). 
- Rabbit and House, Leipzig Book Fair, Leipzig, Germany (Curator: Kestutis Vasiliunas). 

2006
- Intervisie IV, Seasons Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands.
- International Book-Art Project, Artetica, Roma, Italy.
- Rabbit and House, 4th International Artist's Book Triennial, ARKA Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania (Curator: Kestutis Vasiliunas).
- Vers van de Pers, Utrecht Graphic Atelier, Utrecht, Netherlands.

2005    
- Power in Print, Southern Graphics Council International, Washington D.C., USA.
- Daftar: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, University of North Texas Art   Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA.
- 4th International Biennial of Contemporary Graphic Arts, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia.
- 5th International Mini - Print Biennial Cluj, Cluj-Napoca Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
- 4th LESSEDRA World Art Print Annual - Mini Print, Lessedra Art   Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.
- Galerie Covalenco, Geldrop, Netherlands.  
- Best of Inkt, Inkt Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands.

2004
- The Iowa Biennial of Contemporary Miniature Prints, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.
- 1st International Collage Exhibition, Kaire Desine Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania.
- 26th International Hollfeld Art Exhibition, Hollfeld Museum, Hollfeld Germany.
- 3rd LESSEDRA World Art Print Annual - Mini Print, Lessedra Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.
- Op Format, Inkt Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands.

2003 - Expressions of Hope, Aya Gallery, London, UK.

2001
- Inkt Graphic Calendar, Inkt Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands- The Outside of the Inside, Manege St. Petersburg Art Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia.

2000
- Op Format, Inkt Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands.
- Strokes of Genius, The Brunei Gallery, London, UK.
- In Between Project, Cultural Centre Ter Dilft, Bornem, Belgium.

1999    
-  Utrecht Graphic Atelier, Utrecht, Netherlands.
-  Graphic Atelier, Kampen, Netherlands.
- Op Format, Inkt Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands.

1998 - Gallery Felix, Kampen, Netherlands.
1997 - Utrecht Graphic Atelier, Utrecht, Netherlands.

1996 - Musée Les Metiers De Mercure, Rochefort, France.

1993 - Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan.

1988 - Baghdad International Festival of Arts, Art Center, Baghdad, Iraq.

1987    
- Al Wasiti Festival, Art Center, Baghdad, Iraq.
- 17th International Biennial Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. 

1986 - 8th Norwegian International Print Biennial, Fredrikstad, Norway.

1985    
- Contemporary Iraqi Graphic Art, Al Orfali Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq.
- 5th Seoul International Miniature Prints Biennial, Seoul, South Korea.  


Selected Collections

- Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE.
- The British Museum, London, UK.
- The Cluj-Napoca Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
- French Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan.
- Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan.
- The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan.
- LACMA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
- Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar.
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA.
- The National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq.
- Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirdk, Russia.
- The Samawi Collection, Dubai, UAE.
- Art Center, Baghdad, Iraq.


Selected Workshops

2017 - Migration - Drawing, the centre of the Great Court, British museum.

2011    
- My First Animation, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar.
- My Father, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar.


Selected Presentations

2017 - Artist Talk, Once Upon a Time, Hadiqat Al Umma, in conversation with Mandy Merzaban.

2015
- Symposium, hosted by Photography and The Archive Research Centre, chaired by Max Houghton, The Swedenborg Society Hall, London, UK.
- Artist Talk, Driven By Storms (Ali’s Boat), in conversation with Venetia Porter, Ayyam Gallery, London, UK.
- Artist Talk, Driven By Storms (Ali’s Boat), in conversation with Nat Muller, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE.

2011 - Artist Talk, The House that My Father Built, AIGA Design Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

2010 - Panel Discussion, “On Artists and Curators’ Discourse”, Encounters between the Modern & the Contemporary:  In Conversation with Artists from 'Interventions' and 'Told/Untold/Retold', moderated by Sam Bardaouil, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar.


Awards

2015 Grant, Driven By Storms (Ali’s Boat), Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2014 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center awardee. Italy.
2012 Artist of the Year at the Esquire Middle East Awards. Dubai, UAE.


Filmography

2017 Once Upon A Time, Hadiqat Al Umma, 9 video channel installation (08:10 minutes).
2017 I Am the Hunter, I Am the Prey (04:37 minutes).
2017 War Scraps At Lemvig Museum, (08:14 minutes).
2016 Seasons of Lost Baghdad, (23:15 minutes).
2015 Ali’s Boat  (06:37 minutes).
2015 Flying over Baghdad (05:28 minutes).
2015 A Letter (05:04 minutes).
2014 Biography of a Head (23:15 minutes).
2013 Godot to Come Yesterday (13 minutes).
2012 Sisyphus Goes on Demonstration (3 minutes, loop).
2011 The House that My Father Built one video channel installation (6:12 minutes).
2009 Seven Days in Baghdad (23 minutes).
2007 Born April 9th (06:20 minutes, loop).
2005 An Introduction to the Philosophy of Freedom (Basic Notes) (14:34 minutes).


Publications

2015 Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, Edited by Nat Muller, Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

 
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