Alum Bassim Al-Shaker Featured in Borderless Magazine

Four men sit at a table that is covered by a tablecloth that resembles Iraq's flag. On top of the table lies a naked man with an amputated arm. The man on the table is marked as halal by the small circular sign sticking out of his torso. A pair of legs peeks out from underneath the table.

Bassim Al-Shaker, Halal, 2019, oil on canvas, 24” x 20.” Image courtesy of Borderless Magazine.

Bassim Al-Shaker, Halal, 2019, oil on canvas, 24” x 20.” Image courtesy of Borderless Magazine.

Borderless Magazine [15] speaks to painter Bassim Al-Shaker (MFA 2021) about his internationally recognized paintings, his upcoming group show at Zolla/Lieberman [16] gallery, and his immigration experience from Iraq to the United States. Most of Al-Shaker’s paintings are centered around current conflicts in Iraq, such as Parliament Nightclub and his Halal series. In addition to being driven by the conflicts in his home country, Al-Shaker tells Borderless that his art is driven by his own life experiences and the revolution that “is already inside of [him].”

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