Layla AL-ATTAR
Layla AL-ATTAR
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Layla Al-Attar ‎‎, born in Baghdad , Iraq 1944 , an Iraqi artist and painter who graduated from the Academy of fine Arts in Baghdad in 1965. She was revered by Iraqis during her life as a gifted painter who hosted five solo exhibitions in her homeland.

Al Attar, who served as director of the Iraqi National Art Museum, had participated in all collective art exhibitions held in Iraq and abroad. The primordial forest is a recurrent theme in Al Attar's work and refers to a magical primitive world of Gilgamesh, the ancient king of Uruk in Mesopotamian legend dating 4,000 years, as well as the Garden of Eden, also believed to have been located in Mesopotamia. She has represented Adam and Eve in her work, using distortions of space and light to point to the sense of unreality of this world.

Iraqis mourned when Al Attar lost her life in an explosion that also killed her husband during the U.S. bombing of Iraq in 1993. Works of Al Attar,   

She held five one-woman shows in Iraq, and took part in all national and other collective exhibitions held in the country and abroad. Al-Attar also took part in the Kuwait Biennial (1973), the first Arab Biennial (Baghdad 1974), the second Arab Biennial (1976), the Kuwait Biennial (1981), and won the Golden Sail Medal in the Cairo Biennial (1984). At the time of her death, she was the director of the Iraqi National Art Museum.

On 27 June 1993, Al-Attar, her husband and their housekeeper were killed by a U.S. missile attack on Iraqi Intelligence main building which was just behind her house, ordered by U.S. President Bill Clinton. The building was hit by 24 rockets. Two misfired and hit their house by accident, per her son's testimony. Layla is survived by her sister Suad, one of Iraq’s most-celebrated artists.

 

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