Mesopotamia-on-Thames_Rashad Salim


Opening reception for residency 5pm-9pm Thursday 1st August at Boiler House 1954 at the centre of the Trinity Buoy Wharf site


First Weekends' resident guest in August is Iraqi artist Rashad Salim. London based Rashad will assemble a sculpture Buffalo Dragon from bicycle parts, exhibit from his Re-piano series and will be working on his new Iraqi Coracle project. This work coincides with the Mayor of London's 'Ride London' festival of cycling which falls on the same weekend.


Trinity Buoy Wharf artist Andrew Baldwin's sculpture garden will also be open for visitors to enjoy on Saturday 3rd 12 noon - 5pm and Sunday 4th August 2013 2pm - 6pm


Rashad Salim's latest work is his Iraqi Coracle project, exploring traditional craft within emerging Iraqi art practice. A coracle (also known as a guffa) is a small boat of ancient design made of strong saplings or reeds that are interwoven and then may be covered with bitumen or animal skins. In Iraqi amulets groups of seven have immense resonance and historical meaning. Rashad will make seven coracles, the first of which he will float on the Thames before taking it to Iraq.


In 1978 he was a member of Thor Heyerdahl's reed boat expedition from the river Tigris to Djibouti


Buffalo Dragon  is a 40 metre long conceptual vehicle made up of seven rafts

assembled from a variety of found objects including bicycle parts, furniture and gym

equipment. Saddles and handlebars become Sumerian boat figureheads. Visitors are

encouraged to participate in "riding" the rafts. This exhibition coincides with the

Mayor of London's "Ride London" festival of cycling on this First Weekend.


Re-piano is an ongoing project of Rashad's which reclaims, reinvents and renews disused and battered pianos, offering them regeneration in a very different context.


Rashad has trained at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad and at St Martin's School of Art in London. He has worked with the British Museum and the United Nations as an artist, advisor and cultural researcher.


Boiler House, Trinity Buoy Wharf, Orchard Place, London E14 0JY

Nearest DLR: East India


First Weekends is supported by

Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust, Orchard Place, London, E14 0JY