Charcoal and acrylic on canvas

221 x 304.8 cm (87 x 120 in.)

In one giant picture, dismembered bodies mix with technological devices, metallic objects and other unidentifiable shapes. Patches of bright colour contrast with black graphite lines.

Ahmed Alsoudani cites Rogier Van Der Weyden’s The Descent from the Cross as a direct source of inspiration because it simultaneously unites elements of anguish with a resounding beauty. The painter uses unusual combinations of materials, processes and techniques to create works invested with enormous organic energy. The mixture of drawing and painting, combining disturbing forms in a chaotic ensemble that, on the surface, shows Iraq under occupation and at war. Yet his work extends beyond his native country: “war is just one example of violence, and violence manifests itself every day. I try to capture human suffering. And that’s a universal subject”, he explains.

This painting, part of the Pinault Collection, was first presented at the Palazzo Grassi at the "Le Monde vous appartient" (“The World Belongs to You”) exhibition (2011-12).
Ahmed Alsoudani's other artwork