Portland Museum of Art opens Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted

. September 9, 2013

The Portland Museum of Art presents Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted an exhibition on view through December 8, 2013

Ahmed Alsoudani (United States, born Iraq, 1975), Untitled, 2011, charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 63 x 61 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist. ©Ahmed Alsoudani.

Ahmed Alsoudani (United States, born Iraq, 1975), Untitled, 2011, charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 63 x 61 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist. ©Ahmed Alsoudani.

Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted will showcase 20 recent works by the celebrated New York-based Iraqi artist and will include a number of new paintings and drawings that continue to chart the artist’s unique and powerful visual vocabulary of violence, survival, and history. Alsoudani’s artistic process involves layering charcoal drawing and a bright paint palette, creating passages of beauty amid distorted and disturbing imagery. While his work focuses on various aspects of war that he experienced in his past, Alsoudani’s works are not a first-person account of war. Instead, they encompass the universal aspects and atrocities that war entails. Born in Baghdad in 1975, Alsoudani fled Iraq as a teenager. He lived in Syria before immigrating to the United States in 1999, and he received degrees from the Maine College of Art and Yale School of Art. www.portlandmuseum.org

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