Ark Re-imagined for Sustainable Development

Rashad Salim

The United Nations

The United Nations
New York, United States

Boats like the Meshouf canoe of the southern Marshlands, and the Guffa coracle of central Iraq, are cultural icons all Iraqis recognise from Mesopotamian art through the ages. Archival photos of these boats are popular on social media, yet they have almost disappeared from the waterways of Iraq in recent decades.

Through returning the art and beauty of these boats to public spaces, Ark Re-imagined brings people together and generates pride in shared cultural heritage, an important step towards psychological health in a landscape scarred by loss and division.


  • Title: Ark Re-imagined for Sustainable Development
  • Creator: Rashad Salim
  • Location Created: Iraq
  • Exhibition: The Future is Unwritten

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