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Footprint and more art by Shirin Khalatbari

Footprint , 2015
46 x 66 inch (h x w)
photography

Driving north-east from Basra Airport, as far as the eye can see there is nothing but the black smoke of the refineries billowing into the air. Both sides of the road are awash with rubbish and debris. After about three hours of driving and just a few kilometers east of the River Euphrates and the city of Nasiriyah, one finds oneself in front of the last remnants of one of the world’s first true cities, Ur. Inhabited from 5,500 B.C., the city of Ur had a prominent role in the political, religious, and economic activities of the Mesopotamian floodplain. Around three millennia after the first settlement in Ur, stability vanished from the city and was never to return. From then on, countless generations have never known peace.
This is how Ur looks today.



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other works by Shirin Khalatbari

Footprint , 2015
46 x 66 inch (h x w)
photography

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