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Amin Alsaden


Al-Mutanabbi Street: Locating Contemporary Iraqi Culture

[Audience members attending the exhibition. Image by Amin Alsaden]

The last installment of the three-part exhibition titled Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here opened on Monday 13 May at the Cambridge Arts Council. The exhibition features artists' responses to an explosion that took place in Iraq on 5 March 2007, at al-Mutanabbi Street, an important artery in historic Baghdad and home to an abundant number of bookstores and street book vendors. The anonymous attack killed and injured dozens of innocent people who frequented or worked on the ...

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Baghdad: Mirages and Melancholia

[A Model of Ricardo Bofill's Entry to the Competition for the National Mosque of Baghdad, 1982. Image from Amin Alsaden]

It is well known that preeminent figures of early modernism, such as Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, designed architectural proposals for Baghdad around the middle of the 20th century. Many may be surprised however to discover that several other important international architects were also involved with the city at one point or another in its recent history, hoping to erect some remarkable structures that would have transformed Baghdad beyond recognition. A current ...

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Amin Alsaden


Amin Alsaden is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. His research revolves around the role politics play in determining forms of architectural and urban modernism in non-western contexts, particularly in the MENA region. His dissertation focuses on salient cultural and institutional buildings in Baghdad, Iraq, around and following the mid-twentieth century, a period that witnessed unprecedented intellectual and artistic growth and multifaceted novel cultural production.