The Wolf of Baghdad – a Memoir of a Lost Homeland
Saturday 27th April 11am Shrewsbury Central, Claremont Street
Tickets: £3, accompanied under 16s free.
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The Wolf Of Baghdad is an audio-visual project created by London-based musician Carol Isaacs, also known as cartoonist The Surreal McCoy. It is based on her Iraqi-Jewish family’s memories of their lost homeland.
As well as being a graphic memoir to be published by Myriad Editions in early 2020, it is also presented as a motion comic: a semi-animated slideshow that is accompanied by an ensemble of musicians performing repertoire of the era and projected on to a film screen. Watch a preview of the motion comic here.
For this event a short excerpt of the work will be shown, followed by an illustrated talk on the making of the audio-visual project. Exploring themes of displacement, refugees, identity and belonging, it will be followed by a Q&A session.
As cartoonist The Surreal McCoy, her cartoons have been published in the New Yorker, Sunday Times, Spectator, Readers’ Digest and other unlikely places. Her work is also featured in The Inking Woman, 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain, published by Myriad Editions.
As a musician Carol has worked with many international artists including Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), Indigo Girls (USA) and Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq).
More information on The Wolf of Baghdad can be found at: thewolfofbaghdad.wordpress.com
This project has been funded by Arts Council England and Dangoor education (in memory of Sir Naim Dangoor), with support from the Jewish Music Institute (UK).
“The Wolf of Baghdad is a ‘tour de force’ – the moving story of the destruction of a community seen through the eyes of an Iraqi Jew – and a wolf. The most exciting animated audio-visual experience since ‘Persepolis’.” Lyn Julius, Harif
“It’s a brilliant and truly transporting piece of work” Mekella Broomberg, JW3
“An enthralling and moving combination of art and music. It is magical.” Claudia Roden, Cultural Anthropologist and Food Writer