Advisory Board

whom we usually refer to for illumination and information about the affairs of the Iraqi Modern and Contemporary Art (IMCA) for  advise, consultation, guidance and  their expert opinions about the art works in our collection.

Mr. Maath Alousi:

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Born in Baghdad 1938 he has a Bachelor of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, Turkey He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey and the Architectural Association Diploma (Tropical Studies), United Kingdom.
Maath Al-Alousi is founder, Principal/Senior Partner for Alousi Associates Technical Studies Bureau , Baghdad, Iraq, and Alousi Associates Technical Studies Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus. He has forty two years experience in the planning, design and project management of residential, commercial, industrial and governmental projects throughout the Middle East.
He is a member of the Iraqi Architects Society and the Iraqi Engineers Union. He has lectured at the Higher Institute of Technology, Baghdad, and the University of Technology, Baghdad, where he was also External Examiner for M.Sc. degree projects in urban design.
He has written numerous research papers and has contributed and edited several publications and periodicals on traditional houses of Baghdad and on Islamic and Iraqi architecture.

Mr. Dia Azzawi:


Artist Dia AZZAWi was Born in Baghdad in 1939, Dia Azzawi started his artistic career in 1964, after graduating from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad and completing a degree in archaeology from Baghdad University in 1962.

In 1969, Azzawi (with Rafa Nasiri, Mohammad Muhriddin, Ismail Fattah, Hachem al-Samarchi and Saleh al Jumaie) formed the New Vision group (al-Ru’yya al-Jadidah), uniting fellow artists ideologically and culturally as opposed to stylistically. Through his involvement with the New Vision group Azzawi found inspiration in contemporary subjects and issues, particularly the plight of the Palestinians. He was also briefly a member of Shakir Hassan Al Said’s One Dimension group (Jama’t al-Bu’d al-Wahid).

From 1968 to 1976, Azzawi was the director of the Iraqi Antiquities Department in Baghdad. He has lived in London since 1976, where he served as art advisor to the city’s Iraqi Cultural Centre, from 1977 to 1980. Azzawi’s move to London led him to rediscover book art (dafatir), an art form that he has encouraged other artists from Iraq and the region to explore.

With exhibitions of his work held his art features in international private and public collections including the Museums of Modern Art in Baghdad, Damascus and Tunis; Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Kinda Foundation, Saudi Arabia; Una Foundation, Casablanca; Arab Monetary Fund, Abu Dhabi; Development Fund, Kuwait; Jeddah International Airport; British Museum, Tate Modern, and Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Colas Foundation, Paris; Harba Collection, Iraq and Italy; Gulbenkian Collection, Barcelona; and Library of Congress and the World Bank, Washington, DC.

Mr. Suhail Sami Nader


Suhail Sami Nader, Iraqi journalist and an art & culture critic born in Basra in 1943, holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the Faculty of Arts, University of Baghdad. He has been a journalist since 1962 and is a technical critic and founding member of the Art Critics Association in Iraq. He also worked after 9 April 2003 in Al-Mada newspaper as Editor-in-Chief and Editor-in-Chief. He is now a freelance writer and has written countless articles on plastic art, he currently lives  Copenhagen.

Dr. Nada Shabout


Dr. Nada Shabout Born 1962 , she was trained in architecture at the New York Institute of Technology, the University of Texas at Arlington and the Architectural Association School of Architecture , London, England. She has also earned BFA fine arts, MA and PhD in the Humanities with a concentration in art history and criticism from the University of Texas at Arlington, 1999.

Dr. Nada Shabout is a Professor of Art History and the Coordinator of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative (CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas. She is the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA). She was the Consulting Director of Research at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, and the editor-in-chief of the Mathaf Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World. In 2010, she led Mathaf’s curatorial team of the inaugural exhibition Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art, and curated one of the two accompanying opening exhibitions, Interventions: A dialogue between the Modern and the Contemporary. She has co-curated with Zainab Bahrani Modernism and Iraq at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, 2009, and curated the traveling exhibition, Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, 2005-2009.

She has published numerous articles on modern and contemporary Arab and Iraqi art and the relationship of identity and visual representations in Iraq. She is the author of Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics, University of Florida Press, 2007; co-editor with Salwa Mikdadi of New Vision: Arab Art in the 21st Century, Thames & Hudson, 2009; and currently co-editing with Anneka Lenssen and Sarah Rogers the forthcoming volume Modern Art of the Arab World: Primary Documents, part of the International Program at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017.

She is the founder and project director of the Modern Art Iraq Archive (MAIA); a former member of the editorial committee of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) and of the International Editorial Advisory Board and subject editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (REM). Her awards include: The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) fellow 2006, 2007; MIT visiting Assistant Professor, spring 2008, and Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, 2008 Lecture/Research fellowship to Jordan.

Mr. Ali Talib 

Artist Ali Talib was Born 1944, Basra, Iraq ,studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad, receiving his BA in Painting in 1966. . Talib was a founding member of the Innovationists and after moving to his birthplace, Basra, for a short time, he formed the Shadow Group; he was also a member of the New Vision Group. He went on to study graphic design at Helwan University, Cairo, where he received his MA in 1980. Talib held his first solo exhibition at Mubarakia Gallery, Kuwait, in 1964, while he was still a student at the Academy. Further solo shows include National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad, 1976; Gallery d'Art 50x70, Beirit, 1994; De Vrije Academie, The Hague, 2003; United Nation Humans Settlements Programme, Barcelona, 2004; Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2008; and Karim Gallery, Amman, 2009. He has also participated in biennales and triennales as well as major group shows including Four Iraqi Artists, Alif Gallery, Washington, DC, 1994; Cité International des Arts Exhibition, Paris, 2004; Iraqi Artists in Exile, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas, 2009, and Art in Iraq Today (with fellow New Vision members Dia Azzawi and Rafa Nasiri), Meem Gallery, Dubai, 2011. In 1986 he was awarded First Prize at the First Baghdad International Festival of Plastic Arts and First Prize at the Second Sharjah Biennale, in 1995. His work is held in collections including Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha and Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman.

Dr.Ihsan Fethi 

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studied Architecture and Urban Planning in the United Kingdom in 1960 obtaining a PhD in Architecture in 1977 after years of study and research. He later became a Professor of Architecture, Urban Planner, and Heritage Conservation Expert and accordingly held many distinguished academic positions including Chairman of School of Architecture in Baghdad from1986-1991. Dean of the College of Architecture and Art in Petra University, Amman 1993-95, Dean of the College of Engineering and Design, in Bayan University, Abu Dhabi, 1997-99, and Dean of the College of Arts, in Amman University, 2000-2007, in addition to being the Founder of the Architectural Heritage Section at the Baghdad Municipality from1982-86 and a member of the Supreme Committee of Cultural Heritage of Iraq.

He worked closely with prestigious cultural entities across the Middle East, Europe and the United States; he worked as a consultant to the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angele, since 2005, and as a notable consultant with the World Monument Fund (WMF) in New York, since 2005. Dr. Fethi has also worked in the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome since 2007. Additionally, he worked as a consultant for the Iraqi Council of Culture, and the Orfali Art Gallery in Amman.
Driven by years of academic and professional regional and international experience Dr. Fethi produced dozens of publications including an autobiography, books and research papers on diverse modern and historical issues on Architecture, Art, Heritage and Culture.

Dr. Balasim M.Jessam 

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Dr. Balasim M. Jessam was Born in Koufa -  Iraq 1958. He received his Diploma Arts, Institute of Fine Arts - Graphic and Calligraphy- Baghdad- 1975.a  Bachelor degree, Collage of Fine Arts- Graphic- Baghdad- 1979,a  Master degree in Fine Art- Art critics, Thesis (The concept of Space in Islamic depicting Art), and a  Ph.D Thesis (The Semiotics Analysis for Painting Art- Principles and Applications), 2000.

He is a professor at college of Fine Arts- Baghdad ,he also taught at the institute of Fine Arts- Baghdad, Al-Qudos College- Amman and  Amman private University.
He is a Professional calligraphist in all types of Arabic scripts.- Participated in many of Arabian and international calligraphy exhibitions- and acquired many prizes.
In  1986, Established with a group of artists Addad workshop for design and printing. In 1996, Established (Ikal Printing) for printing and design.
In 2004, Coordinated with fellow artists in establishing the workshop of Visual Arts.
He is a Member of Iraqi Plastic Artists Association, Iraqi Artists Union and  the Arab Journalists Federation.