Hanaa Malallah
One of Iraqs leading contemporary female artist. A key member of the 'Eighties Generation' Hanaa Malallah's work emanates from her experience of 35 years of life and work in war-torn Iraq.
Contemporary of Dia Al-Azzawi.
Student of Shaker Hassan Al Said

Hanaa Mal-Allah
Hanaa' Malallah
Hana Mal Allah
Henaa Mal'Allah


Shroud IV
Mixed media and soft sculpture on canvas
150 x 150 cm


This work is composed of many pieces of folded, burnt canvas. Each piece conceals a token from the natural world, while the burnt area of each element visually hints at that which is hidden within. A dialogue is established between each piece and the next: collectively, they are like numerous small burials, signifying sites of transformation. Here, the transformative processes associated with death are hinted at, but are ultimately shrouded in secrecy. I view this work as completely occupying the field of abstraction, as well as that of figuration, thus approaching the elusive locus of liminality, the space in between the two.