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Luma Jasim

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I Hate You OIL, 2016 Performance © Luma Jasim
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I Hate You OIL, 2016 Performance © Luma Jasim
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I Hate You OIL, 2016 Performance © Luma Jasim
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I Hate You OIL, 2016 Performance © Luma Jasim
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I Hate You OIL, 2016 Performance © Luma Jasim
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I Hate You OIL, 2016 Performance © Luma Jasim
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I Hate You OIL, 2016 Performance © Luma Jasim
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I Hate You OIL, 2016 Performance © Luma Jasim
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Violence, 2013 Mixed Media 42"X 42" © Luma Jasim
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Car Bomb, 2015 Mixed Media 48"X 48" © Luma Jasim
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Terror Mixed Media 48" X 36" © Luma Jasim
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Never Forgetting, 2015 Mixed Media 36" X 48" © Luma Jasim
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Oil's Curse, 2015 Sculpture 48" X 65" X 9" © Luma Jasim
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Oil's Curse - detail, 2015 Sculpture 48" X 65" X 9" © Luma Jasim
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Oil's Curse - detail, 2015 Sculpture 48" X 65" X 9" © Luma Jasim
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Oil's Curse - detail, 2015 48" X 65" X 9" © Luma Jasim
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Oil's Curse - detail, 2015 Sculpture 48" X 65" X 9" © Luma Jasim
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Spyker Mixed Media 63" X 48" © Luma Jasim
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Spyker - detail Mixed Media © Luma Jasim
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Spyker - detail Mixed Media © Luma Jasim
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Violence's Hell Mixed Media 63" X 41" © Luma Jasim
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Violence's Hell - detail Mixed Media © Luma Jasim
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Self portrait Mixed Media 24" X 48" © Luma Jasim
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War Metaphor Mixed Media 24" X 48" © Luma Jasim
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My Hands Mixed Media 24" X 48" © Luma Jasim
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War Sorrow Mixed Media 42" X 42" © Luma Jasim
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One Coin Mixed Media 36" X 36" © Luma Jasim
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Melancholy Mixed Media 18" X 36" © Luma Jasim
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Confusion Mixed Media 36" X 24" © Luma Jasim
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Stereotype I 30" X 20" © Luma Jasim
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Stereotype II 30" X 20" © Luma Jasim
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The Widdow Woodcut Print © Luma Jasim
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War Metaphor Woodcut Print © Luma Jasim
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Boundries Lithograph Print © Luma Jasim
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Baghdad, Iraq
Lives in
NYC
Schools
Boise State University, 2013, BFA
University of Baghdad, 2000, MA
Parsons School of Design
Tags
painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed-media, video-art, modern, photography, digital, exhibition/performance
Statement

The what of my Art: it derives from the concrete being of the world, and emerges in the processing of experiences, in paint, surface, photograph, texture, tar, shellac, plant materials, minerals, and the spectrum. I make art from these elements. I conceive, draw, and speculate in various color combinations to shape ideas in an attempt to share them. Valid approaches to solving artistic problems invariably require good judgment. The delicate balance between an art object’s phenomenological origin and its meaning potential is often difficult to sustain.

The living tragedy of Iraq—my home country—generates many of my artistic ideas.  Car bombings killed and maimed large numbers of simple, ordinary people in the markets, near schools, where workers gathered, on busses, and by police stations. My story is a tale of uncaged, irrational violence that stalks the cities, villages, and highways. My purpose as an artist is to bear witness to these horrors. My art is devoted to depicting violence and its consequences.

In Baghdad in 2005, I was only minutes away from a terror explosion. The ground shook, and the car I was riding in was pushed by the concussive pressure.    I experienced an ear piercing blast up close, emotional horror, physical sickness, the dreadful mess, and complete confusion; I survived by luck alone.

This memory and others like it became a part of me. My artwork consists mostly of my experiences with war, violence, immigration and the acculturation, which rose from that.  As an interdisciplinary artist I often use mixed media with nontraditional materials like tar and shellac involving photography and printmaking in my painting process beside her work on sculpture, video art, performance, and animation.

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