Library Exhibition Provides a Personal View of Baghdad

Students on the bank of the Tigris River

A new exhibition on display in Lauinger Library depicts life in the wounded city of Baghdad 20 years after the U.S. invasion in 2003 and in the wake of decades of war.

A Requiem for Baghdad: Postcards from a Crime Scene” is curated by Nabil Salih (G’23) from photos he took in Baghdad in 2020 and 2021.

Salih was born in Baghdad in 1992, a year after the first Gulf War. Through the photos, “I roam the ruins of a securitized city, mourn its dead, lament our present, our past that remains on fire, and leave a kiss on Baghdad’s eyes from afar,” Salih wrote in his artist’s statement.

“A Requiem for Baghdad: Postcards from a Crime Scene” is on display in the Gelardin Center through June 2. Read a full interview with Salih at the exhibition home page.

Salih and Middle East Studies Librarian Ryan Zohar have curated a list of books on Iraq’s history, politics, and culture to accompany this exhibition. Find the Recommended Reading Book Display on Lauinger Library’s third floor through April 30 or online.