Author Bio.

Architect and artist Ali Shakir graduated from Baghdad University in 1992. Ali held his first painting exhibition Nostalgia in 1994 after a short architectural practice, and then co-founded L’Atelier Art Gallery in 1995 where he exhibited his artwork along with the work of other young Iraqi artists. Since leaving Iraq in 2006 Ali has published articles and essays—in Arabic and English—in several newspapers and literary journals in the Arab world, England, the United States and New Zealand where he is living now.