MAKOU Magazine - Issue no.3 - Sep.2021
مجلة ماكو - العدد الثالث - أيلول 2021

The third issue - second year of MAKOU electronic Magazine, which is managed by the renowned Iraqi visual artist Dia Azzawi in the Arabic language.

Dia Azzawi the chief editor of MAKOU wrote the introduction saying “This issue is devoted to Feminine art and what is new in the history of this art. The focus has been on Arab and Iraqi art as an introduction to two artists, Lorna Selim and Lisa Fattah, two different worlds brought together by Iraq, Lorna Selim from Sheffield in England, and Lisa Fattah the German lady who was born in Norway. Both of them were led by fate to meet their husbands.

Lorna at Chelsea College in London and Lisa at Art College in Rome, destinies also wanted each of them to face a completely new world that led their art to present a different picture that reflects life conditions that were not close to the traditions of their society, as we see that Lorna has painted Iraq with a close eye, within an elegant world for popular daily scenes, with a noticeable interest in the image of women, and soon she was able to present special works that she belonged to, even if she carried some of the influence of her husband, Jewad Selim.

The various scenes of traditional Baghdadi architecture attracted her attention, but she did not record the different Baghdadi districts she drew, which turned these works into general documentation with similar characteristics. Many critics dealt with her works, especially Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, and thus she was part of the history of Iraqi art. Since her first experiences in the fifties, her products have reflected her identification with Iraqi society and her artistic presence in exhibitions held by the Baghdad Group for Modern Art or in group exhibitions of Iraqi art.

On the contrary, Lisa Fattah tried to maintain her artistic tendency in what she painted in the first ten years of her life in Baghdad, where she produced a group of works that did not reveal the place she lived in or the subjects that reflected her life with her four children and a husband who was rarely seen with her.

Over the years, Lisa kept a distance from Iraqi society and lived in isolation that reflects a life concerned with details of her own and her surroundings. Her sketches were awful, and the lines as if carved in stone, with free and transparent brush strokes. And because of her isolation, she did not have an artistic presence except in some group exhibitions, and her works, with all their creative expressions contrary to common, did not attract the critics, for that we do not find a place for her in the history of Iraqi art that matches her amazing expressive energy.

All of her productions honestly expressed what she suffered from estrangement with those around her and her ability to fortify herself against the artistic vulgarity that was common at the time.

Perhaps what (Makou) proudly publishes now, is the first documentation of the available works of this important artist. Some of them were sent to me at the end of the eighties for the purpose of organizing a solo exhibition for her, and some of them were slides left with me in the mid-1990s by her husband, artist Ismail Fattah, along with a limited number of private collections.

In the second part of this issue, a dialogue with Dr. Ala Bashir through a group of sketches from different years and drawings with a strange dimension. In addition to another group of sketches by the artist Karim Risan presented by the artist with a text that follow his interest in this field through experiences from different years."

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