Dia al-Azzawi was introduced to the arts by his older brother Majeed who was involved in the theater. Al-Azzawi possessed a natural inclination to draw, as a child often reproducing illustrations from magazines or sketching scenes of family life. He was encouraged to develop his talents by his teacher Ibrahim, and after being expelled for participating in demonstrations supporting Gamal Abdel Nasser's nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956, those talents succeeded in getting him reinstated into school.
After graduating from al-Markaziyyah high school in 1958, al-Azzawi enrolled in the College of Arts, Baghdad where he studied archaeology, graduating in 1962. At the College of Arts, al-Azzawi came into the orbit of al-Marsam al-Hurr (The Free Atelier) held by the artist Hafidh al-Droubi, which included such poets as Muzaffar al-Nawab, artists like Tariq Mathlum, and the theater director Abdallah Hubba. Al-Droubi encouraged al-Azzawi to continue studying art by enrolling in night classes at the Institute of Fine Art, which he finished in 1964. Following the general tendency in the fifties for artists to organize into groups, al-Droubi had formed the Impressionist Group, which al-Azzawi joined, even though the work he was doing was closer to that of the Baghdad Group for Modern Art, formed by the artist Jewad Selim.
While still in al-Markaziyyah high school, al-Azzawi had sought out art books in the libraries of the British Council and the United States Information Agency, as well as issues of the art magazine Studio International sold at one of the bookstores in Baghdad. Because the Institute of Fine Arts lacked a library, and his exposure to art there was limited to figure drawing and a truncated version of the history of European art, reproduced in black and white photographs, al-Azzawi sought out objects from the Iraq Museum (al-Mathaf al-Iraqi) he knew from his study of archaeology; but he viewed these objects less as artifacts of an ancient civilization than as works in a history of art of which, however discontinuous, his practice was the most recent iteration. Notably he worked with the Sumerian figurine, deriving from its tubular body and wide, hollow eyes centered in the face a model for the human form that would persist throughout his work. The major effect of this art history on his developing practice however was that it expanded his sense of the field of possible forms he could work with, opening his eyes to the expressive possibilities of popular culture. In his early paintings, al-Azzawi drew on visual motifs found in everyday life, on the shrine as a site of social activity, and on legends such as those of Gilgamesh and the Imam Hussein. Though motifs from rugs and talismans would persist for years in his work, it was his early interest in legends [asateer] that shaped his future work, by bringing his practice increasingly into a relation with text.
For al-Azzawi, legends belonged to a larger body of what was coming to be called "popular literature" [al-adab al-sha'biyyah], or folklor. This body of stories offered an archive of narrative or figurative concepts that could be developed as a means of expressing the experience of contemporary life. The violence and political instability that followed the first Ba'th coup in 1963 had left Iraq scarred and confronted with the experience of what he often referred to as "tragedy" [al-masaa]. For al-Azzawi, the figure of the martyr as a witness to injustice, in its different literary formulations, whether in the story of the martyrdom of Hussein or in the Epic of Gilgamesh, provided a means of expressing the pathos of that experience. The figure of the martyr was not the only literary figure al-Azzawi worked with in this way; he also produced a number of paintings based on tales from One Thousand and One Nights. In both cases, the point was not to illustrate the story but the theme or concept which that story sought to express.
The relation to narrative initiated by his work with legends developed in the late sixties and early seventies into a relation with poetry in particular, beginning with his illustrations of Muzaffar al-Nawab's collection of poetry in 1968, Lil-rayl wa-Hamad. As al-Azzawi worked more and more with poetry, his drawings and paintings became increasingly hermetic, inviting but resisting interpretation.
In 1969, al-Azzawi's method of working with history, as an archive of formulae for giving form to contemporary life, was explicitly articulated in a manifesto, called The New Vision. Written by al-Azzawi and signed by five artists namely Rafa Nasiri, Mohamed Muhraddin, Ismail Fattah, Hashim Samerchi, and Saleh al-Jumaie, the manifesto was part of a broad cultural response to the defeat of the Arab states in the Six-Day War with Israel in 1967. It outlined a new relation of art to politics, in which the artwork functioned as a site for speaking truth in conditions of untruth. This relation of art to politics would be borne out in several initiatives al-Azzawi organized over the next ten years, such as the Second Arab Art Biennial in Rabat on the theme of Palestine (1976), the Baghdad International Poster Exhibition (1979), the Third World Biennial of Graphic Art (1980).
With the ascendancy of the Palestinian liberation movement after 1967, al-Azzawi's work came to engage contemporary political events in a more direct way. Whereas he had previously drawn on literary narratives, he now drew on historical texts, such as a journal kept by a fida'ee, or freedom fighter, during the siege of the Jebel Hussein refugee camp in Amman in 1970, or the short stories of Ghassan Kanafani that described the experience of Palestinian statelessness and the emergence of the fida'eeout of that experience during the 1950s and 1960s. al-Azzawi published two collections of drawings based on these texts: one in an art book, A Witness of Our Times: the Journal of a Fida'ee Killed in the Jordan Massacre of 1970 (1972) and the other, entitled, Drawings from the Land of Sad Oranges (1973), in the second volume of the collected works of Kanafani which were published after he was assassinated in Beirut. Some of these drawings were made into full paintings, such as Figure of Sorrow (1972) in the collection of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar. But the forms of struggle and restraint developed in the drawings provided the basis for a series of paintings entitled Human States (1974) that al-Azzawi produced in response to the war fought by the Iraqi government against the Kurdish population of the north of the country in 1974 - 1975.
In 1975, al-Azzawi left Iraq for the first time to participate in a summer printmaking studio in Salzburg, Austria. The trip opened his eyes to how important it was for him to leave Iraq, both in order to expand his practice and to be able to work with an independence which the Ba'thist state was increasingly denying its citizens. In 1976, al-Azzawi moved to London, where he furthered his knowledge of printmaking and developed what he would call al-qaseedah al-marsumah, or the "drawn poem" – a drawing that is not an illustration of a poem but a visual extension of its linguistic dimensions. This form of the visual poem was first realized in an edition of prints on the pre-Islamic poetry of The Seven Odes [Al-Mu'allaqaat al-Saba']. In 1979, al-Azzawi employed the new form of the qaseeda marsumah to produce a series of drawings based on poems written by Mahmoud Darwish, Yusuf al-Sayigh and Tahar Ben Jelloun in response to the massacre of Palestinians at the Tel al-Zaatar refugee camp in Beirut three years earlier. After the massacres at the Sabra and Shatila camps in Beirut in 1982, al-Azzawi produced another series of large prints, based on a text by Jean Genet, "Quatre heures à Chatila," as well as a mural that remained at the National Center for Art and Culture in Kuwait, where it was first exhibited, until 2012, when it was transferred to the Tate Modern Museum in London.
The period of politically-engaged work that began after 1967 ended with the massacre of the refugees at Sabra and Shatila. After 1983, many of the formal elements that had evolved in his work over the previous decade began to follow a logic of their own, leading to a certain rule of color, evident in a shift from oil paint to acrylic. Al-Azzawi had been noted for the remarkable color of his paintings when he first began to exhibit his work in Baghdad in the early sixties, and in the eighties he returned to color in a variety of forms. These forms included the form of the Arabic letter, which al-Azzawi quickly abandoned once it aroused the predations of the art market; a peculiar kind of sculptural object, in which painting and sculpture were collapsed into each other; a return to literature such as The Epic of Gilgamesh and One Thousand and One Nights but this time in the form of prints and without the allegorical inscrutability of the paintings of the sixties; and especially, beginning in 1989, in what al-Azzawi called dafatir [sing. daftar, notebook], a kind of art book that sought to generate visual forms for the poetry of the great Arab poets, from al-Mutanabbi to Jawahiri and to Adonis. Al-Azzawi would make over forty dafatir, and when the Gulf War broke out in 1991 and the Iraq Museum was looted in 2003, the collection of the notebook provided a means of reflecting on those events.
Based on the premise that poetry, at least today, is something read rather than heard, and that it thus possesses an essential visual component, the notebooks focused on transforming the relation between the words of a poem and the space on the page in which they appear. In particular this transformation entailed the use of color to create a surface upon which the poem could be brought out of its residence in language and where it could find a visual form that would locate it in everyday life. In addition to the notebooks, throughout the nineties he produced several paintings that interpreted works of Arabic literature.
In the wake of the American invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, and in reaction to the violence it unleashed, al-Azzawi's work has become a reflection on the country he left decades earlier. This reflection has taken the form of epic-size paintings, sculpture and installations. These works renew the form of witnessing that characterized his earlier practice in the sixties and seventies.
From 1968 to 1976, al-Azzawi was director of the Iraqi Antiquities Department in Baghdad. From 1977 to 1980, he worked as artistic director of the Iraqi Cultural Centre in London, where he arranged a number of exhibitions, including Contemporary Arab Graphic Art (1978), The Baghdad International Poster Exhibition (1979), the Third World Biennial of Graphic Art (1980), The Influence of Calligraphy on Contemporary Arab Art (1980) and the three-part Contemporary Arab Artists (1978, 1979 & 1983). He also worked as editor of the magazines Ur (1978 - 1984) and Funoon Arabiyyah (1981 - 1982). Between 1988 - 1994, he was a member of the editorial board of the journal Mawakif.
In 2010, al-Azzawi curated My Homeland at Art Sawa in Dubai, an exhibition of work in which artists who had been forced at different times to leave Iraq responded to the devastation that followed the American invasion. In 2010 - 2011, al-Azzawi in collaboration with Charles Pocock curated the five-part Art in Iraq Today at Meem Gallery in Dubai. Taking as its name the title of an essay written by the critic Jabra Ibrahim Jabra in 1961, the exhibition attempted to construct a dialogue between the work of Iraqi artists belonging to different generations and living in different countries.
Selected Individual Exhibitions
|"I am the cry, who will give voice to
me?" Dia al-Azzawi: A Retrospective (from 1963 until tomorrow), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar|
Massacres et Joie de vivre, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris, France
|____ ||Selected Works, 1964 - 1973, Frieze Masters, London, United Kingdom|
|2013 ||Bilad al-Sawad and other works, Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France |
|____ ||An Itinerary 3. Painting and Poetry, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|2012 ||An Itinerary. 1. Paintings on canvas and wood (1963 - 2011), Espace Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|____ ||An Itinerary. 2. Gouaches on paper (1976 - 2006), Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|____||Meem Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|2011 ||Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Meem Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|2010 ||Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|____ ||Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Meem Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|2009 ||Sixth Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates |
|____ ||Meem Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|____ ||Retrospective, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|2006 ||Kalemmat Gallery, Aleppo, Syria|
|____ ||4 Walls Gallery, Amman, Jordan|
|____ ||Dar al-Funoon Gallery, Kuwait|
|____||Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|2005||Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|2004 ||Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|____ ||St-Art – Strasbourg's Art Fair, represented by Galerie Claude Lemand, Strasbourg, France|
|2003 ||Palestine and Mahmoud Darwish, Cité du Livre, Aix-en-Provence, France|
|2001||Retrospective, Institut de Monde Arabe, Paris, France|
|1996||Art Center, Bahrain|
|1995||Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|1994 ||Al-Manar Gallery, Casablanca, Morocco|
|____ ||Al-Wasiti Gallery, Casablanca, Morocco|
|____ ||Galerie d'Art 50 x 70, Beirut, Lebanon|
|____ ||Al-Sayed Gallery, Damascus, Syria|
|1993 ||Asilah Festival, Asilah, Morocco|
|____ ||Flandria Gallery, Tanger, Morocco|
|1992 ||Alif Gallery, Washington, D.C., United States of America|
|____ ||Gallerie Hittite, Toronto, Canada|
|1991 ||Galerie D'art 50 x 70, Beirut, Lebanon|
|____ ||Galerie des Arts, Tunis, Tunisia|
|1990 ||Alif Gallery, Washington, D.C., United States of America|
|____ ||Galleri Nakita, Stockholm, Sweden|
|____ ||Vanazff Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden|
|____ ||Galerie des Art, Tunis, Tunisia|
|1988 ||Galerie Claudine Planque, Lausanne, Switzerland|
|1986 ||Galerie Faris, Paris, France|
|____ ||Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan|
|1984 ||Alif Gallery, Washington, D.C., United States of America|
|1983 ||National Council for Art and Culture, Kuwait|
|1980 ||Galerie Faris, Paris, France|
|____ ||Galerie Centrale, Geneva, Switzerland|
|1979 ||Al-Riwaq Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq |
|1978||Patrick Seale Gallery, London, United Kingdom|
|1977||Sultan Gallery, Kuwait|
|1976 ||Galerie Nadhar, Casablanca, Morocco|
|1975||National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|1974 ||Sultan Gallery, Kuwait|
|____ ||Contact Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon|
|1973 ||Raslan Gallery, Tripoli, Lebanon|
|1971 ||National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|____ ||Sultan Gallery, Kuwait|
|1969 ||National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq |
|____ ||Sultan Gallery, Kuwait|
|____ ||Gallery One, Beirut, Lebanon|
|1968||National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|1967 ||Hall of the Iraqi Artists Society, Baghdad, Iraq|
|1966 ||Gallery One, Beirut, Lebanon|
|1965 ||Al-Wasiti Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq|
Selected Group Exhibitions
|2015 ||Picasso in Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany |
|2014||Arab Modernities, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|____ ||Post-Picasso: Contemporary Reactions, Picasso Museum, Barcelona, Spain|
|____ ||Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|____ ||Landscape and Arab Modernity, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|2013 ||D'Orient et d'Occident, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|____ ||Tajreed (Abstract Arab Art), Contemporary Arab Platform (CAP), Kuwait|
|2012 ||Fan al-Mahjar, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|____ ||Masters of the Tondo, Espace Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|2011||Art in Iraq Today: Part IV, Meem Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|____ ||Mashreq-Maghreb: Paintings, Sculptures and Prints, Contemporary Arab Platform (CAP), Kuwait|
|____ ||Art in Iraq Today: Conclusion, Meem Gallery and Solidere, Beirut, Lebanon|
|2010 ||Interventions, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar|
|2009 ||Modernism and Iraq, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, United States if America|
|2008 ||Word into Art, British Museum, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|____ ||Iraq's Past Speaks to the Present, British Museum, London, United Kingdom|
|____ ||Iraqi Artists in Exile, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas United States of America|
|2006 ||Portraits of the Bird, Bastia Festival of Arts, Paris, France|
|____ ||Word into Art, British Museum, London, United Kingdom|
|2005 ||Portraits of the Bird. Books and Drawings, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|____ ||Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas, United States of America|
|____ ||Improvisation: Seven Iraqi Artists, Bissan Gallery, Doha, Al-Riwaq Gallery, Manama, 4 Walls Gallery, Amman|
|____ ||Hommage to Shafic Abboud, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|2004 ||Art Books and Paintings, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|2003 ||Colas Foundation, Boulogne, France|
|____ ||Broken Letter, Contemporary Art from Arab Countries, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany|
|2002 ||Masters of the Tondo, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|____ ||The Kinda Foundation Collection, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France|
|2001 ||Machreq-Maghreb: Paintings and Books, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France|
|1998 ||Al-Azzawi and Nasiri, Galerie La Teinturerie, Paris, France|
|1997 ||Five Visual Interpretations, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|1989 ||Contemporary Art from the Islamic World, Barbican Centre, London, United Kingdom|
|____ ||Arab Graphic Art, National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL), Kuwait|
|1988 ||Olympiad of Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea|
|____ ||Al-Azzawi, al-Jumaie, Nasiri, Kufa Gallery, London, United Kingdom|
|1987 ||Third International Print Biennal, Taiwan|
|1986 ||Semitic Museum, Harvard University, Massachusetts, United States of America|
|____ ||Contemporary Arab Art, The Mall Gallery, London, United Kindgom|
|1985 ||Musée Hubert d'Uckerman, Grenoble, France|
|1984 ||British International Print Biennial, Bradford, United Kingdom|
|____ ||First Arab Contemporary Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Tunis, Tunisia|
|1983 ||Contemporary Arab Artists Part 3, Iraqi Cultural Centre, London, United Kingdom|
|1981 ||Salon de Mai, Paris, France|
|____ ||Art 12'81, Galerie Faris, Basel, Switzerland|
|____ ||Foire Internationale D'Art Contemporain (FIAC), Galerie Faris, Paris, France|
|____||Seventh International Grafik Triennial, Frechen, Germany|
|1980 ||Third World Biennial of Graphic Art, Iraqi Cultural Centre, London and National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|____ ||The Influence of Arabic Calligraphy on Modern Arab Art, Iraqi Cultural Centre, London, United Kingdom|
|____ ||Seventh International Exhibition of Drawing, Rijeka, Croatia |
|____ ||Twelve Contemporary Arab Artists, Galerie Faris, Paris, France|
|____ ||Salon de Mai, Paris, France|
|____ ||Foire Internationale D'Art Contemporain (FIAC), Galerie Faris, Paris, France|
|____ ||Salon d'Automne, Espace Cardin, Paris, France|
|1979 ||Sao Paolo Biennial, Brazil|
|____ ||The Baghdad International Poster Exhibition, Iraqi Cultural Centre, London and National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq |
|____ ||Three Iraqi Artists, al-Riwaq Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq|
|1978 ||Contemporary Arab Graphic Art, Iraqi Cultural Centre, London, United Kingdom|
|____ ||Seven Iraqi Artists, Iraqi Cultural Centre, London, United Kingdom|
|____ ||International Exhibition of Art for Palestine, Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon|
|1977 ||Contemporary Iraqi Art, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait|
|____ ||Six Iraqi Artists, National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|____ ||Contemporary Iraqi Art (III), Bonn, Paris, London, Tunis|
|1976||Second Arab Art Biennial, Rabat, Morocco|
|____ ||Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy|
|____ ||Contemporary Iraqi Art, Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, France|
|____ ||The Fifth International Exhibition of Drawings, Rijeka, Yugoslavia|
|____ ||International Association of Art: Artists against Racism, National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|1975 ||Iraqi Graphic Art Exhibition, Iraqi Cultural Centre, Beirut, Lebanon|
|____ ||Seventh International Painting Festival, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France|
|____ ||International Summer Academy, Salzburg, Austria|
|____ ||Collective Graphic Art Exhibition, L'Atelier Gallery, Rabat, Morocco|
|____ ||Collective Graphic Art Exhibition, National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|1974 ||Seven Iraqi Artists, National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|1973 ||Six Syrian and Iraqi Artists, National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad and Arab Cultural Centre, Damascus, Syria|
|1972 ||Four Iraqi Artists, National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|____ ||Three Iraqi Artists, Gallery One, Beirut, Lebanon|
|____ ||Iraqi Contemporary Art Today, National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|____ ||Five Iraqi Artists, National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|____ ||Fourth International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, Poland |
|____ ||Contemporary Arab Art, Nicosia, Cyprus |
|1971 ||Four Iraqi Artists, National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|____ ||Contemporary Iraqi Art, Kuwait|
|____ ||Contemporary Iraqi Art, Mirbad Poetry Festival, Basra, Iraq|
|1970 ||The Iraqi Poster Exhibition, Baghdad, Iraq|
|1968 ||First International Triennial, New Delhi, India|
|____ ||Seventh Annual Exhibition of the Impressionist Group, National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|1966 ||Carreras Craven "A" Arab Art Exhibition, traveling exhibition, Cairo, Manama, Kuwait, Baghdad, Amman, Damascus, Beirut, London, Paris, Rome |
|1965 ||Eighth Annual Exhibition of the Iraqi Artists' Society, National Gallery of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq|
|____ ||Fifth Annual Exhibition of the Impressionists Group, Hall of the Iraqi Artists' Society, Baghdad, Iraq|
|____ ||Contemporary Iraqi Art, Gallery One, Beirut, Lebanon|
|____ ||Contemporary Iraqi Art, traveling exhibition, Rome, Budapest, Vienna, Madrid, London, Beirut|
|1964 ||Seventh Annual Exhibition of the Iraqi Artists' Society, Baghdad, Iraq|
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