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Lot 4

Sadik Alfraji (Iraq)

7, from Ali’s Boat Diary 3, 2015

Archival pigment print, Edition 1/3
28 x 40 inches (71 x 102 cm), signed certificate

Courtesy of the artist and Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE

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Artist Bio

Multimedia artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji explores what he describes as “the problem of existence” through drawings, paintings, video animations, artist’s books, graphic art, and installations. The shadowy protagonist who occupies Alfraji’s interdisciplinary works appears as a black void, a filter that allows him to explore the intricacies of navigating the precarious nature of modern life. By rendering his solitary figure as a charcoal-colored silhouette and minimizing the formal properties of his compositions, Alfraji captures the expressed movement and subtle inflections of the body in psychologically laden environments. The artist often records his own narrative in black and white depictions of his recurring character, particularly the loss, fragmentation, and lapses in time that underline the experience of exile. Born in Baghdad in 1960, Alfraji lives and works in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. He received his B.F.A. in painting and plastic art from the Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad, in 1987 and a high diploma in graphic design from the Academy of Fine Arts Constantijn Huygens (CHK), Kampen, the Netherlands, in 2000. The artist’s recent solo shows include exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery, Beirut (2015); Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz, Dubai, U.A.E. (2015); Ayyam Gallery, London (2015, 2013). Selected group exhibitions include those at TRIO Biennial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015); P21 Gallery, London (2015); British Museum, London (2015); 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Abu Dhabi Festival, U.A.E. (2015); Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, U.A.E. (2015); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles (2015); FotoFest Biennial, Houston (2014). Alfraji’s works are housed in numerous private and public collections including those of the British Museum, London; National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad; The Art Center, Baghdad; Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman; Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan; Royal Society of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan; Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia; LACMA; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
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