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Lu’ay sami - ‘Shaku Maku’


Image of Lu’ay sami - ‘Shaku Maku’

"Shaku Maku” is Arabic slang unique to Iraq, roughly translated as
'what's up?' The photo is of Jamil Sami (grandfather of the artist) lying on the 'Lion of Babylon' during the late 1950s, when when Iraq had a thriving tourism trade attracting foreigners and Iraqi's alike, to historical sites dating back as early as 3000 BC. During this time Iraq was a metropolitan, cultural hub, comparable to London or Paris. This was a time of development and optimism, and is considered to be the 'Golden age' of modern day Iraq”