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Having moved to the UK in 1976, artist Dia Al-Azzawi found that by viewing Iraq from afar, he could understand more about Iraqi and Arabic culture than if he had remained there. Al-Azzawi's vast drawing Sabra and Shatila Massacre 1982-3 is an example of work that arose from this process of observation. Here Al-Azzawi explains how working from imagination, he depicted the painting's scenes of chaos in a semi-abstract style to create a work that is not a propaganda piece, but which documents a tragedy.
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- what was the Sabra and Shatila Massacre?(2 votes)
- The Sabra and Shatila Massacre took place in 1982. Over the course of several days and kept under guard by the Israeli Defence Force, hundreds of Palestinian refugees were killed by a group of Lebanese Christians in Beirut. The artist's work is an attempt to convey the feelings of chaos and horror of such an event. Do you get that impression from his painting?(3 votes)