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Artists Represented - Galerie Claude LemandDIA AZZAWI : A POSITIVE MODERNITY
Azzawi presents his viewers with a new kind of painting founded on a pre-Islamic base but by no means nostalgic or backward-looking. For him, Sumeria, Assyria and Pharaonic Egypt are still present, offering unique but universal ways of seeing and showing â€¦ His painting affirms eternal solidarity between different but converging cultures and civilisations.
If Dia Azzawi, an Iraqi in exile for nearly thirty years, is also a Londoner, it is not to forget, still less renounce, Baghdad but to give it nova vita, new life, a future, as Dante did in the Divine Comedy, after being exiled from Florence.
Through a body of work which he has generously offered to the world, work which is transgressive and cross-cultural, holding a multiplicity of existential and political meanings, at once tragic and joyful, making life triumph over death and over obsession with death, Azzawi is helping to create the new Arab civilisation which will emerge one day from the present internal discords, misfortunes and suicidal follies â€¦ His aim is to increase the well-being of all through creation alone. (Dia Azzawi. Catalogue Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, 2001)
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