Iraq's Starving Artists - A Closer Look

This posts builds on "Iraq's Starving Artists," an essay and review I wrote for The Mantle that highlights and reviews the work of 27 Iraqi artists living as refugees in Syria. In this post, I take a more intimate approach to the subject at hand. Below you will find a slideshow of some of the work on display in the exhibition Artists in Exile: Forgotten Iraqi Refugees in Syria as well as a short video of some of the art work. And below all of that, you'll find the audio of an interview I conducted with with Mel Lehman, director of Common Humanity, the organization behind this unique exhibition.

I encourage all New York City readers to visit Gallery35 to view and bid on the art. Proceeds go right back to the artists so that they can continue practicing their craft in less-than-ideal conditions.


Shaun Randol founded The Mantle in 2009. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher. You can email him at shaun [at] Shaun is the co-editor of Gambit: Newer African Writing. He is also a Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the PEN American Center.