Project curators, the artist, and individuals with firsthand experience in Iraq discuss the exhibition It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq, and their cross-country road trip. Artist Jeremy Deller creates a broad range of projects, including orchestrated events, films, and publications that draw attention to forms of culture on the fringes of the mainstream. Jonathan Harvey spent a year long tour in Iraq in 2007, in charge of a detachment of soldiers in northwest Baghdad. Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie of the New Museum are co-curators of this exhibition. Esam Pasha is a painter and writer from Iraq who was the first artist to paint a new mural over a portrait of Saddam Hussein. Nato Thompson is Chief Curator at Creative Time in New York City.
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