Hanaa Malallah, born 1958, Thee Qar, Iraq

Hanaa Malallah received a diploma in graphic art from the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad, in 1979, followed by a BA in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad, in 1988, and an MA in painting from Baghdad University in 2000. In 2005, Malallah completed her PhD in the Philosophy of Painting, at Baghdad University, where she wrote her thesis titled Logic Order in Ancient Mesopotamian Painting. Malallah was the chair of the graphic art department at the Institute of Fine Arts and was a lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts, Baghdad University. She is known for her ‘ruins technique’, which she developed after studying under the instruction of Shakir Hassan Al Said, an artistic practice that involves the burning and tearing of material to create compositions. She has held numerous solo exhibitions including Schedules and Signals, Athar Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq, 1998; Vivid Ruins, The Mosaic Rooms, Qattan Foundation, London, 2009, and Iraq: How, Where, For Whom? (with KennardPhillips), The Mosaic Rooms, Qattan Foundation, London, 2012. Her international group exhibitions include Contemporary Iraqi Art, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris, 2000; Iraq's Past Speaks to the Present, British Museum, London, 2008, and Art in Iraq Today (with Modhir Ahmed and Nedim Kufi), Meem Gallery, Dubai, 2010. Her work is held in collections including the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad; Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, and British Museum, London. She lives and works in London.