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Hanaa Malallah is regarded as Iraq's leading female contemporary artist. Hanaa's current work focuses upon the reocurring destruction of Iraq's heritage and how this can inspire artistic creation.


Several of the works in this collection use Hanaa’s Ruins Technique, ‘a uniquely Iraqi aesthetic model for interpreting marks of destruction on archaeological material as modern idiom’. Read more about the Ruins Technique and Hanaa at the Recessionists website.


Hanaa Malallah's website


More on Hanaa on the Art and Politics Now blog

Recent Submissions

  • The Name of the Flower Video 

    Malallah, Hanaa (2010-11-11)
    Video of The Name of the Flower, a 100-leaf Art Book in mixed media.
  • The Active Ruins of Mesopotamia (Iraq) 

    Malallah, Hanaa (2010-11-10)
    First civilization (Mesopotamia), now as a ruins. The region between the two rivers. The region came to be known as Iraq. Largely corresponding to modern Iraq, now as a ruins as a result of US and UK occupation.
  • Limb Swastika with Red Yucca 

    Malallah, Hanaa (2010-11-10)
    Metal fragments from the metal detecting collection in the University of Exeter Department of Archaeology teaching collection; red cactus pieces from outside the Laver building, University of Exeter Campus. Many of the ...
  • Red Swastika 

    Malallah, Hanaa (2010-11-10)
    Paper casing of anti-riot CS gas from the 1968 riots at the Democratic Convention, Chicago, loaned by Martin Bell; red and green cacti pieces from outside the Laver building, University of Exeter Campus. Hanaa was struck ...
  • Untitled 

    Malallah, Hanaa (2010-11-10)
    Metal casing from 1973 Arab-Israeli conflict, Golan Heights; paper shot casing from Rhodesia/Zimbabwe,1972, above objects loaned by Martin Bell; gold covered Islamic block stamp; roll of charred cloth; animal bone fragments ...
  • Untitled 

    Malallah, Hanaa (2010-11-10)
    Roll of charred cloth and metal casing from anti-riot CS gas, 1968 Democratic Convention, Chicago, the latter loaned by Martin Bell. The piece uses Hanaa’s ‘ruins technique’.
  • Vivid Ruins 

    Malallah, Hanaa (2010-11-08)
    Layers of burned canvas, strings, mirror, burned clothes, gold leaf.
  • For Shaker Hassain al-Said 

    Malallah, Hanaa (2010-11-08)
  • The Name of the Flower 

    Malallah, Hanaa (2010-11-08)
    Sample pages from 100-leaf Art Book. Uses the Ruins Technique: Efforts to give form not only to the damage suffered by the city in which she lived but also to the collateral disfigurement of its aesthetic tradition, her ...
  • Stalemate Chess 

    Malallah, Hanaa (2010-11-08)
    Metal casings, bullets, toy soldiers and coins loaned from a local metal detecting collection in the University of Exeter Department of Archaeology; chessboard cut from a cloth headscarf.

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