Image by Mosul University professor and photographer Ali Y. Al-Baroodi
A concert in front of what is left of an Insurance Building. A building that had been used by ISIS as a daunting tool for punishment and control. ISIS would allegedly throw their captives from the top of this centrally located and highly visible building as punishment for crimes that varied from homosexuality to disloyalty.
The concert was to show that art can triumph over the rubble and ashes left behind by ISIS. In a heartfelt interview with Ali Y. Al-Baroodi, he explains that, "people want to embrace arts in different forms to commemorate when these beautiful things were forbidden. It was like a forbidden apple. When it is forbidden you want it. And during the years of ISIS occupation, if you played music you might be executed by ISIS" (read more) (related).
It might be too late for this building but there are many more socially and culturally significant buildings in Iraq, that require special considered attention rather than an approach of enforced amnesia through destruction cloaked in the technocratic guise of reconstruction led reconciliation.
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F.M.H.....MLitt Peace & Conflict, Msc Architectural Conservation BA (Hons) Int. Architecture; MCSD, PgC TLHE