24th of November Through 15th of December, 2017

BABYLON by Ali Al Tajer

فوق العيشارا التي بنيت               "The counterpart of Esharra which I have built over you 
سامهد مكانا صالحا للبناء             Below I have hardened the ground for a building site,
هناك ابني بيت ...                         I will build a house…
سيكون مفتوحا لاستقبالكم وبه تبيتون You will spend the night in it, it is there to receive all of  you.
سادعو اسمه بابل                          I will call its name Babylon
وسينهض لبنائه امهر البنائين            I shall build it with the skill of craftsmen
كذلك فلتكن بابل كما اشتهيتموها       Construct Babylon, whose building you have requested
هذه بابل مكان سكناكم المفضل         This is Babylon, the place that is your home!
فاصدحو وامرحو في ارجائها            Make merry in its precincts, occupy its broad places.”
( ملحمة الخلق البابلية )               Verses selected from the fifth and sixth tablets of the Epic of the Babylonian Creation

Contemporary Iraqi painter Ali Al-Tajer presents a selection of paintings inspired by the Epic of The Creation of Babylon. His female-centric scenes are characterised by vibrant colours that reveal traditional elements and customs from his homeland. Iraqi flowers, particularly roses, recur delightfully in his works.
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