In the portfolio Samar Hussein Vera Lutter commemorates the civilian deaths caused by the war in Iraq since the invasion on March 20, 2003. The title derives from the name of the thirteen-year-old Iraqi girl who was the first recorded civilian casualty. Lutter adopts images of a hibiscus flower’s life cycle, from the opening of the bud to the blossom’s final disintegration, as a metaphor of the transience of human existence. The petals’ reds, pinks, and ivories, which mimic the tones of human flesh, further underscore the comparison.
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Vera Lutter (German, born 1960). Samar Hussein, 2003-2009. Inkjet print, 22 1/2 x 30 in. (57.2 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Richard J. Kempe, by exchange, 2009.36.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2009.36.1_PS6.jpg)
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