The emerging art scene in post-Saddam Iraq

For most Iraqis art is not a priority, but after the decades of repression, censorship and conflict an art scene is now emerging in their country - albeit on a small and embryonic scale.

Eleven artists from Iraq have been chosen to have works displayed at the 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. From cartoons and sculptures - to oil on canvas.

The man given the job of selecting which art would be shown was British curator Jonathan Watkins. Take a look here at some of the choices - and see how artistic inspiration can be found in one of the world's most violent countries.

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Welcome to Iraq, The Official Pavilion of Iraq at La Biennale di Venezia 2013 is commissioned by Ruya Foundation.

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