Adel Abidin: Common Vocabulary

One channel video installation

Common Vocabulary presents the most common Iraqi vocabulary among children in Baghdad nowadays, vocabulary such as; death, occupation, abduction, genocide, mass graves, water shortages, no electricity. The new vocabulary is printed on flash cards to educate the viewer.

A seven-year-old girl from Iraqi origins learns how to pronounce the terms in a video tutorial.


Duration: 00’04’00 min (loop)

Drawings: 8 different cards, Size: 15 x 15 cm