زينب عبد الكريم

Zainab Abdulkarim

  • .Born in Iraq / Baghdad. Living in Norway
  • 2012 Graduated from the Nansenskolen, Norsk Humanistisk Akademi, Fine Arts department in Lillehammer, Norway.
  • 2008 Certificate for participation in the four week program,” Human Rights in Australia”.
  • 2006 Diploma in Painting Restoration from the Faculty of Restoration in Ltomcl/Czech College.
  • 1995 Graduated from the Baghdad University, Fine Arts College, Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 1992 Graduated from the Fine Arts Institute, Baghdad, Iraq.

Work experience:

  • worked as art substitute teacher, Norway.
  • 2015-2016 Foundation Porsgrunn museums as conservationist, MM, dept. City Museum., Norway.
  • 2012 Conservationist for the paintings on the Telemark Museum, Skien Norway.
  • 2010 Teaching painting courses at KIA (Christian Inter cultural Work), Skien, Norway
  • 2010 Teaching painting courses for adults, Skien, Norway.
  • 2005 One of the establisher of the Iraqi art encyclopedia, responsible for collecting and archiving Iraqi fin arts, Ministry of culture, Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 2004-2008 Manager of Al- Wasiti  Gallery (The Ministry of Culture), Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 2003-2004 Lecturer, Fine Arts Institute, Baghdad.
  • 2005-2007 cover Designer, at Noon Magazine.
  • 1990 Painter and scenarist for children column in Aljamhorya Weekly newspaper.

Personal Exhibitions

  • 2014 Exhibition in Gallery Osebro. (Babylonian Revelation Telemark) Norway.
  • 2009 Exhibition at the house of the Red Cross, Skien, Norway.
  • >2008 Fifth personal exhibition at the French Cultural Centre, Baghdad.
  • 2007 Two exhibitions in the Czech embassy in Baghdad.
  • 1999 Fourth personal exhibition, Baghdad.
  • 1995 Third personal exhibition ‘Transferring State’ Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 1992 Second personal exhibition, Experimental Art Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 1990 First personal exhibition, Baghdad.

International Collaborations, Exhibitions and Activities

  • Joint exhibitions around the world: Iraq, Poland, Finland, France, Jordan, Japan, Italy and Norway.
  • 2007 Joint exhibition with Iraqi fine arts pioneer Mr. Nori-Alrawi, Iraqi sculpture pioneer  Mr. Abd Al-Jabar Albnnaaoners, and artist Zaid Adndn, The French culture center, Hewar gallery.
  • 2003 Participated in the exhibition of contemporary sculpture, Iraq. This exhibition was the first Iraqi sculpture exhibition after the war.
  • 2010-2015 Joint exhibition “Scholarship Exhibition”, Skien.Norway.
  • 2012 Norwegian literature festival in Lillehammer, Norway.
  • 2011 Exhibition ‘Art Auction for the Horn of Africa’, Red Cross.
  • 2010 Joint exhibition in Ibsenhuset, Skien, Norway.
  • 2010, Joint exhibition (The Samoranty library) in Rome.
  • 2010 Joint exhibition (Telemarkkunstnersenter) in Norway.
  • 2009 Joint exhibition (Ibsenhuset) in Norway.
  • 2007 Organized and participated a charity exhibition for international human rights week hosted by the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 2007 Joint exhibition, south of Italy.
  • 2007 Joint exhibition (The Samoranty library) in Rome.
  • 2004 Gallery organized by the Iraqi–Dutch culture and arts forum, Netherlands.
  • 2003 Participated in the Iraqi-Jordanian cultural week.
  • 2000 Baghdad 3rd International Festival of Visual arts for humankind.

Awards & Prizes

  • Received several awards and appreciative written statements and diplomas for her works from a number of institutions, individuals and organizations.
  • 2000 Received an encouragement creative prize from the Iraqi Ministry of Culture.
  • 2001 Received the second prize at the 13th Festival of Babylon, Iraq.
  • 2003 Award for the poster in the Art Makes Future Exhibition, poster titled: “Together under the Wing of Peace”
  • 2005 Received an award in the competition, ‘Women Issues of Freedom and Equality’ organized by ministry of Culture In collaboration with Unifem. Published in 2005 calendar.
  • 2005 Received an award in a competition to design a magazine cover express women’s issues in freedom and equality



Iraqi Artist zainab abdulkarim


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