NYT: Iraqi Artists, Actors and Designers Try to Build New Lives in Jordan

A New York Times article discussing how many Iraqi artists are trying to rebuild and re-establish themselves in Jordan, after fleeing from the violence in Iraq. It specifically mentions how Iraqi artists have found a voice through the Orfali Gallery in Amman. 

“Millions of Iraqis fled the violence after the Iraq war began in 2003 and most have landed in Jordan, Syria or other countries in the region. There are nearly 450,000 Iraqis in Jordan, according to a survey conducted by the Norwegian research institute Fafo in 2007, though the United Nations cites a lower number.

The Orfali art gallery in Amman is known to feature Iraqi artists and was established by an Iraqi art collector, Inaam Orfali. When the gallery was first established in 1993, said Rana Snober, its chief executive and daughter of Ms. Orfali, Jordanians were not too enthusiastic about abstract art, but she has seen them become more appreciative.” (from the website cited below)

For the article click here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/world/middleeast/24iht-m24-jordan.html

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