The October Revolution of 2019 marks an important break and a new artistic and
thematic direction for Almukhtar. Demands for regime change and the fight against
corruption initially also inspired Almukhtar's work and political activism in Vienna.
After the murder of 800 demonstrators of the October Revolution in Baghdad in 2020,
Almukhtar is currently dealing with the issue of state-sanctioned violence, capitalism,
exploitation, and resource colonialization and puts a crucial emphasis on environmental
The artwork itself taking the audience on an exploitative journey in order to question
global systems of injustice and finally call for action.
In away Almukhtar reveilles the inner working of neocolonial capitalism and provides
an understanding for the struggle of youth in the Global South from an non-abstract and
embodied perspective of activist care.
The artwork of Dukhania started as a figurative documentation of the Tishreeni activist
movement as the uprise remained to be undocumented in western media and the
government of Iraq had brutally sanctioned the demonstrators efforts for transformative
change and justice.
Rawan Almukhtar is a visual artist, political activist and was born in Baghdad. He
studied painting at the University of Fine Arts in Baghdad. After fleeing Iraq, new
opportunities opened up for him to address political issues more directly and critically.
Since 2018, he has been studying drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.