The only redeeming drawing in the crudpile that is my old sketchbook (last month.) A quick sketch-portrait of Al-Khadairy, from the Women of Iraq tour.
"AMAL AL-KHEDAIRY is the founder and director of Al-Beit Al-Iraqi, “Iraqi House”, an arts and cultural center in Baghdad. Located in her family’s Ottoman-style home, Ms. Al-Khedairy opened the center in 1988. After Al-Beit Al-Iraqi was destroyed and re-built as the result of the first Gulf War, it remained the only intellectual center in Baghdad throughout the 90’s, existing at a time when most institutions were forced to close. The center hosted exhibitions of contemporary Iraqi artists, concerts, lectures and classes on a regular basis until its destruction by U.S. bombs in the spring of this year. The exhibit on display prior to the recent invasion was an exchange of drawings between Iraqi and Japanese children. "