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Iraqi artist Dia Al-Azzawi poses for a picture with his work at the Arab Museum of Modern Art in the Qatari capital Doha, on October 19, 2016.

Azzawi, who is currently exhibiting his work in Doha, is pessimistic about the future of his country and sees "scenario of destruction " in the battle of Mosul. On October 17, 2016 Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists.  / AFP / OLYA MORVAN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read OLYA MORVAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi artist Dia Al-Azzawi poses for a picture with his work at the Arab Museum of Modern Art in the Qatari capital Doha, on October 19, 2016.

Azzawi, who is currently exhibiting his work in Doha, is pessimistic about the future of his country and sees "scenario of destruction " in the battle of Mosul. On October 17, 2016 Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists.  / AFP / OLYA MORVAN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read OLYA MORVAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Widely acknowledged as a pioneer of modern Arab art, Dia Azzawi's work is highly politicized, often reflecting pivotal events in the history of his region.

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Widely acknowledged as a pioneer of modern Arab art, Dia Azzawi's work is highly politicized, often reflecting pivotal events in the history of his region.