Google Doodle Celebrates Iraqi Art Of Naziha Salim

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Iraq IraqIt is all about Naziha Salim and Google’s Doodle is paying tribute to this Iraqi celebrated and influential artist. A woman who advocated for the role of women and their lives in Iraq, the doodle image is a split between her image as an artist and the crusader that worked towards a social cause. Jalal Talabani, the former President of Iraq once acknowledged her as “the first Iraqi woman who anchored the pillars of Iraqi contemporary art”.

As a painter and professor, Ms. Salim, was enrolled into the Baghdad Fine Arts Institute where she studied painting and graduated with a distinction. On this day in 2020, Naziha’s work was highlighted by the Barjeel Art Foundation in their collection of female artists. The doodle is a tribute to Salim’s painting style and her contribution to the art.

Due to her dedication in the field of art, she was the first Iraqi woman ever to be awarded a scholarship to study art at the esteemed fine art school École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. On April 23, 2020, Naziha’s work was highlighted by the Barjeel Art Foundation in their collection of female artists. The doodle is a tribute to Salim’s painting style and her contribution to the art.

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Eventually she returned to Baghdad to work at the Fine Arts Institute where she would teach until retirement. She was active in Iraq’s arts community and one of the founding members of Al-Ruwwad, a community of artists that study abroad and incorporate European art techniques into the Iraqi aesthetic. Salim has also authored the book Iraq: Contemporary Art, an important resource for the early development of the country’s modern art movement.

While Iraq has been known to have the most fascinating pieces of art, handed down to it from the era of the Mesopotamians, it has seen a lot of being looted and lost at the hands of foreign invasions and civil wars. The Iraqi artist advocated for women-rights and was the first woman to be awarded scholarship to fine art school École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

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