Salam Atta Sabri is one of the most important Iraqi artists of his generation. He is trained as a ceramist, but also creates sculptures, paintings and drawings. He lived for sixteen years in the United States – where he also studied at California State University in Los Angeles – and then in Jordan. When he returned to his hometown Baghdad in 2005, the situation there was extremely problematic: militia struggles, extreme violence, political instability, corruption and chaos. In the absence of basic materials for ceramics, Atta Sabri launched into drawing. His pictorial language deals with both modernist elements and motifs from ancient civilizations between the Tigris and the Euphrates.