Iraq’s Artists Reflect Pain, Trauma of the War and Uncertainty

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Iraqi painter Muayad Muhsin gestures towards a painting while in his studio during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad. Iraq's artists are using their work to reflect the turmoil since the 2003 U.S. led invasion, their country's traumas and uncertainty over its future. AP Photo/Hadi Mizban.

BAGHDAD (AP).-
Iraq’s artists are using their work to try to process the
turmoil
since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, and what they are producing
shows a
profound anger over their country’s traumas and uncertainty over
its
future. They have a lot to deal with: A change of regime, foreign
occupation, an insurgency, sectarian massacres and, now, the
prospect of a
divided nation left by the Americans in the hands of unpopular
politicians, unprepared security forces and a fragile democracy.
The
ambivalence is clear.