Shakila Maan has produced a short
film to accompany Yousif Naser’s paintings that are appearing in the
journal. The short film, “In conversation with Yousif Naser” presents
an intimate vignette into this extraordinary painter’s life. Yousif has
been living in London since the early 1980s and has silently
contributed to the development of art in the UK and across Europe. He
recently returned to Iraq for the first time and found a country
devastated and unrecognisable.
“In conversation with Yousif Naser”
also explores the artist’s work, illustrating the tireless nature of
his approach to his art, which is rapid and in a state of evolution;
the essence always being a voice of dissent.
Yousif's unique art remains at the
forefront of painting on the world stage, breaking new ground with
works such as Black Rain, Exercise in Desperation, Letters to Nobody,
Dark Walls, Ten Seasons and Seasons of Mud.
Shakila Maan is a film maker and writer. She is part of Southall Black Sisters and was a member of Women Against Fundamentalism.