Rawan Almukhtar

Iraqi , 1991

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Rawan Almukhtar is a visual artist and political activist born in Baghdad, where she studied painting at the University of Fine Arts. Shortly before leaving the country, Almukhtar already explored the theme of confessionalized violence at the Takrib Institute for Contemporary Arts. After fleeing Iraq, new opportunities opened up for her to address political issues more directly and critically. Since 2018, Almukhtar has been studying drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

The October Revolution in 2019 marked new artistic and thematic directions for Almukhtar. Demands for regime change and the fight against corruption initially inspired the artist's works and political activism in Vienna. Currently, she is dealing with the issue of state-sanctioned violence after the murder of 800 demonstrators in the October Revolution in Baghdad in 2020.

The artist currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.