After Saddam – The Inspiration’s Gone

Some artists did well in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Now that he’s gone, they have more freedom to create, and there are galleries ready to show their work. “But painters and sculptors say that for now, the inspiration is gone – stifled by sweltering days with no electricity, snaking gas station lines and sleepless nights defending galleries against looters and arsonists. ‘I ask the artists to make something new, and they tell me they are tired’.”