The Monument: Art and Vulgarity in Saddam Hussein's Iraq (2020)

The Monument: Art and Vulgarity in Saddam Hussein's Iraq Kanan Makiya The Monument Art and Vulgarity in Saddam Hussein s Iraq In Baghdad an enormous monument nearly twice the size of the Arc de Triomphe towers over the city Two huge forearms emerge from the ground clutching two swords that clash overhead Those arms are enl
  • Title: The Monument: Art and Vulgarity in Saddam Hussein's Iraq
  • Author: Kanan Makiya
  • ISBN: 9781860649660
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
The Monument: Art and Vulgarity in Saddam Hussein's Iraq Kanan Makiya In Baghdad, an enormous monument nearly twice the size of the Arc de Triomphe towers over the city Two huge forearms emerge from the ground, clutching two swords that clash overhead Those arms are enlarged casts of those of Saddam Hussein, showing every bump and follicle The Victory Arch celebrates a victory over Iran in their 8 year long war that never happened ThIn Baghdad, an enormous monument nearly twice the size of the Arc de Triomphe towers over the city Two huge forearms emerge from the ground, clutching two swords that clash overhead Those arms are enlarged casts of those of Saddam Hussein, showing every bump and follicle The Victory Arch celebrates a victory over Iran in their 8 year long war that never happened The Monument is a study of the interplay between art and politics, of how culture, normally an unquestioned good, can play into the hands of power with devastating effects Kanan Makiya uses the culture invented by Saddam Hussein as a window into the nature of totalitarianism and shows how art can become the weapon of dictatorship.
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One thought on “The Monument: Art and Vulgarity in Saddam Hussein's Iraq

  1. Fernando

    Kanan Makiya is better known for Republic of Fear The Politics of Modern Iraq, Updated Edition Instead of focusing on Saddam s government this book plunges into the artistic and architectural trends that resulted in the building of the monument known as The victory arch.The first three chapters explain the technical specs of the monument, its symbolism and location in the Baghdad Subsequent chapters give way to an analysis of deep currents in the Iraqi art world, such as the revival of turath he [...]

  2. Edwin Stratton-Mackay

    Kanan Makiya is a gifted writer, whose work on the Iraqi Ba ath regime is unparalleled in Republic of Fear The Monument two hands holding crossed swords rising out of piles of the helmets of dead Iranian soldiers is probably the most recognised symbol of totalitarianism in the Arab world Makiya discusses the perversion of art by the propaganda of totalitarianism, and explains the nature of the regime behind this absurd and brutal monument.

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