- Title: Basra artist paints tribute to those fighting coronavirus
- Date: 10th April 2020
- Summary: BASRA, IRAQ (APRIL 4, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ARTIST DOAA MANSHED PAINTING A VIRUS ATTACKING A BODY IN HER WORKSHOP WITH PAINTINGS HANGING ON THE WALLS PAINTING OF THE VIRUS ARTIST PAINTING AT HER DESK WITH LARGE PAINTING IN THE FOREGROUND VARIOUS OF ARTIST STANDING UP TO HANG HER FINISHED VIRUS PAINTING ON THE WALL TWO PAINTINGS HANGING ON THE WALL, A MEDICAL WORKER AND AN AFRICAN WOMAN WEARING FACE MASKS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 28-YEAR-OLD PAINTER FROM BASRA, DOAA MANSHED, SAYING: "My work and other commitments prevented me from drawing for a while. Now, I felt that the right time (to start painting again) had come and I used this period to present a series of paintings related to the topic currently present in our environment, the coronavirus that spread so fast." VARIOUS OF ARTIST DONNING A PAINTING OF AN ABSTRACT FACE WITH A REAL FACE MASK PAINTING SHOWING A FEMALE MEDICAL WORKER WEARING A FACE MASK (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 28 YEAR-OLD PAINTER FROM BASRA, DOAA MANSHED, SAYING: "I see the role played by doctors, and by others. Everyone plays a role in our society. We, as artists, are meant to represent the situation we are in now and raise public awareness around us." PAINTING OF AN AFRICAN WOMAN WEARING A FACE MASK AND CARRYING A BASKET OF PINEAPPLES TRAVELING SHOT AS ARTIST IS ARRANGING PAINTING ON THE WALL
- Keywords: Basra COVID-19 Iraq artist coronavirus painter
- Reuters ID: LVA001C8WPUTJ
- Location: BASRA, IRAQ
- City: BASRA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Duration: 00:01:32
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Story Text: Basra-based artist Doaa Manshed is presenting a series of paintings that illustrate her vision of the spreading coronavirus. From paintings of medical workers to abstract representations of the virus attacking the human body, Manshed also uses real face masks that she attaches to her works.
The 28-year-old painter usually works for a private tourism company but is now devoting her time under lockdown to painting. As an artist, she sees her role in illustrating what currently worries society most, the coronavirus pandemic, and in raising awareness throughout her community.
Unable to organize an actual exhibition due to the restrictions imposed on the city of Basra to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Manshed is using social media to promote her works.
So far, COVID-19 has killed 69 people in Iraq and infected 1,232, according to Iraq's health ministry and the World Health Organization.
(Production: Mohammed Aty, Maher Nazeh, Mohammad Katfan, Charlott Bruneau, Hamuda Hassan)
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