The Iraqi-born artist Mahmoud Obaidi (b.1966 Baghdad) is a multi-disciplinary artist who spends his time between Qatar and Canada. Much of his recent practice is rooted in exploring the recent history of Iraq. “I am originally from an area that has been through turbulent times,” he has said, “therefore, my work and research results in a commentary on this subject through the media I work with.”
At START, Obaidi’s presentation entitled Baghdad Manifesto used domestic appliances such as kitchen knives and sink plungers to create darkly humorous objects that gesture towards the recent history of conflict in Iraq.
Mahmoud Obaidi went on to have a major exhibition entitled Fragments at Qatar Museum's Gallery Al Riwaq from 18 October 2016 to 30 January 2017. He has previously exhibited around the world including the Musée de l’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Islamic Art, Doha; KHOJ International Festival, Delhi and Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York.
His work is held in public collections including Mathaf: Museum of Modern Arab Art, Doha; Museums of Modern Art, Amman, Baghdad and Quebec; Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah and Tidi Gallery Collection, New York. This will be his first solo presentation in the UK.