Iraqi Artists Denied Visas to Their Own Exhibit

04.07.10 Marina Galperina

iraqiart1_346058tFive promising Iraqi artists to be exhibited in a comprehensive group show at Manchester’s Cornerhouse Art Gallery have been denied visas by the UK Border Agency for failing to produce valid bank statements, which is “a very tall order in an occupied country with no banking infrastructure.” The obstructive points system has wasted loads of taxpayers’ money and disappointingly leaves the cultural event opening on April 16th without the artists’ presence. Very “democratic,” guys. |Independent|

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