One of the Gulf’s pioneering contemporary artists and writers, Thuraya Al-Baqsami’s work in painting and printmaking has been heavily influenced by her experience of living through the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990–1991. As her practice evolved over the years, an emphasis on portraiture and the human figure have become a recurring theme.

A melancholic scene overshadows The Last Shot (1991), represented in Unsettled Objects. The painting depicts two bald figures, gazing upwards in distress at a missile represented as an arrow headed directly towards them. The bodies seem to be leaning against each other while having been shot separately in the head and heart. The painting can be inferred as a representation of the horror and trauma created by conflict.

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