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Interview With Iraqi Artist Khalid Alaani

20 Years After the U.S. Invasion


In the two decades after the U.S. invasion of his homeland and the chaos that followed, Iraqi Artist Khalid Alaani had continued to express himself through painting. Join us for a half hour program on the Common Humanity Peace Channel as he discusses how that experience has influenced his art. He will share with us some of his new paintings.

Sunday, April 23 at 3 pm Eastern.  Registration Required.  Zoom link




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