BLANCO HOOGPOORT #7
Cruelty as human behaviour — Haider Jabbar
Before, I only knew life in the war zone.
I knew hunger and fear.
I knew an economic siege killing 500,000 Iraqi children.
In the 1990s, I also got to know the names of missiles.
After the US occupation of Iraq in 2003, I knew death for the first time in my life when I saw my first dead body.
I saw it on the street, it was the dead body of an Iraqi soldier.
Confusion and fear filled the place. Everyone was carrying weapons. Everyone, including my father.
I can still hear the sounds of the planes, aiming their guns at our cities. Right then and there, I felt we are born to die, not to live.
Haider Jabbar Lateef (°1986, Iraq)
Graduated from Baghdad's Institute of Fine Arts in 2009.
Graduated from the College of Fine Arts, Baghdad University in 2014.
Working and living in Belgium.
08.02 14:00 > 08.05.2018