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Plan For Feminist Greater Baghdad By Ala Younis

‘Plan For Feminist Greater Baghdad’ by Ala Younis

Date: 28 Feb – 14 Apr 2018 Category: Experiences, Arts Ticket price: Free

Plan For Feminist Greater Baghdad is the latest exhibition

by the Kuwaiti artist Ala Younis. A collaboration between Art Jameel and Delfina Foundation, it will be on show in Dubai and London at the same time. It’s a continuation of her 2015 work, ‘Plan for Greater Baghdad’, which will also be on display.

For her newer exhibition, Ala Younis has used archives and found footage to highlight the influence on Baghdad’s history by female artists, architects, and other influential women. She has used her investigative practice, she looks beyond the typically male-dominated city to examine the significant contributions of women.  Ala Younis’s research-led installation Plan for Greater Baghdad, the exhibition takes its title from Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Plan for Greater Baghdad’ which included a proposal for an Opera House for the city that was never built.

Both are showcased together for the first time at Delfina Foundation, Younis’s display mainly focuses on the history of a gymnasium that was designed by Le Corbusier in 1957 and erected in 1980 as a posthumous project, named after Saddam Hussein.

The two installations in the exhibition space mirror each other and blends architectural models of the gymnasium with digitally sculptured and 3-D printed models of male and female figures. Prints, drawings and found archival material are arranged on the wall, covering a timeline from the early 1950s until 2014. Both displays narrate the after a short period of empowerment, the shifting ideologies in Iraq impacted Baghdad’s architecture as well as the personal lives of local architects, engineers, writers and artists that had an influence on Baghdad’s history.


Delfina Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange and developing creative practice through residencies, partnerships and public programming.

Located in Dubai’s Al Quoz industrial area, Alserkal Avenue was founded in 2007 to promote cultural initiatives in the region. It has become Dubai’s most important art hub with twenty-five galleries and art spaces.

Contact: Alserkal Avenue Arts and Cultural District Exit 43 off Sheikh Zayed Street 8, Al Quoz 1 Dubai – United Arab Emirate. Tel.: + 971 05 556 9797 Web: www.alserkalavenue.com

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