Fleeing Beatings And Death Threats, Iraqi Artist Finds Refuge In Phoenix

This past spring, Bassim al-Shaker spent two weeks in the hospital after an attack by three Mahdi Army members outraged by his life drawing sketches. “In June, he was in Italy, his oil paintings gracing the Iraq Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. In July, he arrived here in the American West, one of six foreign artists plucked from their countries to share their knowledge and create.”