Infection II

Sami, Mohammed
Mohammed Sami’s paintings explore belated memories from when he immigrated to Sweden as a refugee from his native Iraq, which are triggered by common everyday objects and the banal. Rather than using the theme of trauma as a testimony to the Iraq conflict, which he witnessed first-hand, Sami deploys painting to articulate war, memory and loss. Semi-abstract and multi-textured, his work creates a nuanced relationship between the original event and its present-day recollection. Infection II, 2021, is part of a series of paintings depicting interior scenes. The title aims to delude the viewer from the meaning of the painting, which at first glance looks like a sinister black mould – or a spider perhaps – creeping into a living space. Sami’s work often appears playful, yet traditional modes such as still life and landscape painting acquire a strange, muted twist to become uncanny illusions.
  • Artwork Details: 210 x 180.5cm
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  • Material description: Spray paint, acrylic on linen
  • Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist and Modern Art, London
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  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC19/2021



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