Rijin Sahakian

2021

Arist2Artist Fellowship

My work centers Iraq as the site where global power has been deployed, visualized, accelerated for the 21st century, examining how decades of U.S. and Coalition-led wars in Iraq have permanently reconfigured populations, cultural values, technology and visual culture. These comprehensive wars include vast psychological operations - journalists, artists, and academics as key embedded participants. My writing and organizing efforts have sought to support Baghdad based artists and looked to the experiences of Iraqis as an ongoing site of record in how citizens live under, and resist, multinational structures of force. My research also considers the structures of global contemporary art world systems and how they have aligned with, or are simply embedded into, military systems and their world-ending agendas.

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