Sadik Kwaish Alfraji

Ali’s Boat

Join QAGOMA program facilitator Isabella Mellor as she narrates the APT9 Kids storybook Ali’s Boat by Iraqi artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji.

Ali’s Boat has been adapted from an artwork created by Sadik, that was inspired by a special letter he received from his nephew Ali, who lives in Baghdad. The letter featured a drawing of a small, canoe-like boat with the words, 'I wish my letter takes me to you'. This was Ali’s way of sharing his dream to leave Iraq and join his uncle in the Netherlands.

Through Ali’s Boat, the artist tells a story about his past, his family and his relationship with his country.