"Bombing Babylon" (2001)

"Bombing Babylon," 2001
Ink and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 84 inches
Collection of Giulia Ghirardi
Photo by Erma Estwick
© Julie Mehretu
Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

"I went to see the Babylon show at the Pergamon in Berlin. There was a deep description about the history of Babylon, the number of wars, the number of times that a certain type of history has been erased. The blatant, haphazard wiping out of part of that history can be very depressing. The other side of it is that things will continue and that there is a different kind of growth that can come again and that things evolve."

-Julie Mehretu