05/20/2013 09:39 am ET

Photography: Putting Saddam Hussein Back In The Frame


'When Saddam Hussein fell, we Iraqis were disoriented. For all our lives, he had always been there. His image was everywhere,' says photographer Jamal Penjweny, whose series Saddam is Here depicts Iraqis in everyday locations covering their faces with pictures of the former dictator. 'His image was in the cities where we live, on the walls of our schools, on our money, everywhere. Then he vanished. So taking a picture with Saddam was breaking a taboo that was created after the fall of the regime.' Penjweny, a former shepherd, will show his work in the Iraq pavilion at the Venice Biennale (Welcome to Iraq, 1 June to 24 November).

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