Art and Vulgarity in Saddam Hussein's Iraq
IB Tauris 2004
Paperback 154pp Illustrated 209x147mm
9781860649660   Product Code: 69526
Still standing in the Green Zone of Baghdad is a vast monument to the supposed victory in the war against Iran: two colossal bronze casts of Saddam Hussein's hands, wielding swords that meet to form a giant arch. Written by one of Iraq's leading dissidents, this book examines the artistic culture promoted by Saddam, from public monuments to the portraits of the dictator on wrist watches, raising uncomfortable questions about the relationship between art and the totalitarian state.