Artist’s work rises from Baghdad’s ashes

Iraqi artist Qasim Sabti speaks about the 2003 U.S.-led invasion during an interview with Reuters in BaghdadBAGHDAD (Reuters) – As Baghdad burned, Iraqi artist Qasim Sabti headed for one of the places he loved the most – the Academy of Fine Arts – only to find thousands of its books and archives on fire. It was April 2003 and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, begun in March, had reached the capital. Sabti, who had seen the blaze from his balcony in central Baghdad, recounts the destruction of 6,000 books on art and how he tried to recover just a handful from the flames. "I tried to save a Russian landscape book. …

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