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Uploaded on May 18, 2010
In 2003 Ala Bashir escaped the horrors and casualties of war in Iraq, where he was a world-famous plastic surgeon and artist under Saddam Hussein's regime, to live in a suburb in Nottingham. 'Memories of Keys' is an exhibition of his work being shown at Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester's arts centre, until Sunday 4 July 2010. In between high-profile visits to the US and the Middle East for exhibitions of his work, he quietly paints in his garage at home. Bashir still produces art that reflects the experiences of his working life in Iraq, expressing feelings and fears of anguish and resistance through his semi-surreal paintings. This exhibition includes new work on his established theme of keys - keys of life, to open doors etc - and also his strikingly-beautiful single-line drawings.