A black-and-white photograph shows four figures from the bust up. They are wearing masks that reference ancient Sumerian artworks and have their hands on each others shoulders.

Today, Tomorrow

Iraqi identifying artists reclaim historic narratives, redefine legacies, and imagine possibilities in the multimedia exhibition Today, Tomorrow.  Like a two-way mirror, the artists reflect on personal and collective legacies while simultaneously providing a window into visions for the future.

Through poetry, video, photography, book-making, and other visual art forms, these artists ask important questions for the future. Amidst the ashes of crises, where do we find the agency to disrupt? In what form do we resist while carrying the burden of the shadows from which we emerge? How can we critically reflect on and reimagine our ongoing journey?

Featuring artwork by Amir Al-Azraki, Noor Gatih, Ali Yousif Mahmood Al-Baroodi, Ishtar Backlund Dakhil, Niga Salam Latif, Noor Majed-Suleiman, Yusser Salih, Sundus Abdul Hadi, Layla Mortadha, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Maryam Wissam Al Dabbagh, Maya Alinaizi, asmaa al-issa, Gorka Mohamed, Ali Sabah Rasool Aslan, Baqer Majid, Angham Nasser Al Zubady, Maitham Alharbi, Ali Jassim, Shatoo Gurji, and Karar Nasser.

Featured image: Family, part of the series The New Sumerians by Sundus Abdul Hadi.

Today, Tomorrow is curated by Rand Abdul Jabbar, Basil Al-Rawi, and Sajjad Abbas. Website exhibition design by Ya Khadijah. Produced and co-presented by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project.


Plan Your Visit

Today, Tomorrow is on view from Saturday, February 3 through Saturday, April 20, 2024. Anderson Center galleries are open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (closed Sunday – Tuesday). Galleries are always free; donations are welcome.

Join us for an artist talk with asmaa al-issa on Friday, February 2 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Project Partners

Iraqi American Reconciliation Project logo

Founded in 2007, the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) is a nonprofit located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that builds bridges of communication, understanding, and support between Iraqis and Americans after decades of sanctions, war, and occupation. Learn more here: reconciliationproject.org

Anderson Center at Tower View logo

Anderson Center is a rare, rural oasis, a place that celebrates the imagination and supports the development of new arts and ideas through residencies, studios, and public engagement.  Located at the expansive, historic Tower View site in Red Wing, Minnesota, Anderson Center works to create a vibrant regional, national, and international community where art continues to be created and valued for its power to enrich lives and society.

Project Funders

This project is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Logos for the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Metro Regional Arts Council.


Feb 03 2024 - Apr 20 2024


11:00 am - 4:00 pm