"Tarkib is bringing new art to Iraq that will change the society." Dr. Balasim Mohammed (2016)
Tarkib is a platform for the research, training, production and presentation of contemporary art where the pressing questions of our time can be openly formulated and discussed. Dedicated to promoting emerging and mid-career Iraqi artists, Tarkib is a collective that unite artists and cultural practitioners from different art disciplines, ages and souls.
Tarkib's mission is to introduce contemporary art in the form of artivism (artistic activism) to Iraq. Tarkib artists incorporate human rights and climate themes into their work, raising awareness and stimulate discussion and promote an open dialogue on issues such as climate change, rights of girls and women, migration, child labor, questions of identity and culture of remembrance, and many other humanistic and existentialist questions.
Its vision is to build up a contemporary identity in Iraq visualized via artistic expression to achieve social, cultural, environmental and political change.
Artistically speaking, Tarkib's purpose is to talk about the content, form, and function of art and its role in society.
Socially speaking, Tarkib aims to support the Iraqi youth to express themselves and to encourage social cohesion among the youth, especially women, vulnerable individuals and underrespresented segments of the Iraqi society. In Iraq, where the civic space is shrinking, and under systematic attack, Tarkib continues to provide a rare outlet for the Iraqi community to be a beacon of hope, a source of cultural and social awareness and a safe place.
Tarkib also engages ordinary Iraqi citizens, by making art and human rights topics accessible through its many open and free activities.
Since 2015, the collective is organizing the annual Tarkib Baghdad Contemporary Arts Festival and the annual Baghdad Walk, a series of workshops that culminates in a group exhibition in the public realm of Baghdad. Since 2017, the collective runs the one-of-the-kind creative art centre Bait Tarkib in Karada-Baghdad with a broad and high-quality program of artistic and cultural events, trainings and workshops.
With its new program line CYCLE - Collaborative Laboratory and Exhibition - Tarkib is seeking to provide public access to comprehensive information on Iraq's environmental, inequality and urban planning topics.
Tarkib is registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Iraq under the name Tarkib Organization for Arts and Culture.