About Emad Dhahir
Born on 1964 in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1989, Emad Dhahir got his Bachelor of Sculpture from the University of Baghdad. He lived in Jordan from 1994 until 2005 then he immigrated to Australia.
The main sources of inspiration for his sculptural body of work comes from the mythology of his own culture- the ancient Mesopotamia which are blended with rituals of his daily life-his dreams and his memories.
He borrows the beauty from formal and aesthetic qualities of old ancient sculptures as well as the languages and forms of modern sculpture such as those of Giacometti, transforming them into new contemporary language and spicing them with an ‘Iraqi style’.
This ‘style’ often contains and interprets serious subject matter in form and content which provide to his sculptures different humanistic and aesthetic qualities.
While facing these honestly made small-size sculptures, the viewer should comprehend that they are just creative and playful foundation for bigger sculptural artistic projects waiting to be created in public space.