“I believe that the yellowish-sepia tones she employed in the 1960s were meant to render this architecture in an antiquated and ghostly light, a warning that these were already relics of a bygone era. It’s fair to say that she immortalised a Baghdad that is all but forgotten.”
Publication: “Remembering Lorna Selim: The British-Iraqi Artist who Cherished Baghdad,” The National, interview by Myrna Ayad (February 24, 2022).
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