From Basra International Airport, Soosa is 44.9 km away—approximately 1 hour and 6 minutes by car.
Head southeast toward Basra Airport Highway. Take the ramp onto Route 31.
Follow Route 31 for 5.5 km, passing over the Basra Canal.
Take Route 6. As you pass Sa’ad Ibn Abi Waqas Square, continue onto Hamdan Road, past Basra University on your right. If it was 1977, this University wouldn’t be here, and you would have to take a ferry across Shatt Al Arab, plus a 10 minute bus ride, to get to the college of engineering.
Turn left on Al’oja Road, follow for 4 km.
At Tajned Square roundabout, take the 2nd exit. You will pass Abul Khaseeb Stadium on your left.
At Al-Labany Square roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Al-Labany Road. If it was 1973, you could have taken the first exit, continued straight, taken maybe the third or fourth left, somewhere around that area, you could have visited Rzega.
From Al-Labany Road, take the 5th left, then the 4th left. By now, you should have passed at least 12 petrol stations in total.
At the end of the road, turn left, first right, first left, and follow the road until you reach Shatt Al Arab.
Your destination is on your left.
The New Sumerians Project
Sundus Abdul Hadi
Born in 1985 in Baghdad, and lives in Ontario, Canada.
Digital Composite Image & Photography
Around 7,000 years ago, an ancient civilization known as the Sumerians settled along the banks of the Euphrates river, modern day Iraq. Their story gives clues as to our origin. Time was established as we still perceive it, and their advanced understanding of the cosmos and astronomy suggests that our ancestors had a certain access to the celestial sphere that has since been lost in translation.
THE NEW SUMERIANS is an evolving project that honours the ancestry we carry as displaced peoples. In collaboration with photographer Ahmad Nasereldein, I have created portraits that I have manipulated with the sculpted facial and body parts of Ancient Sumerians, starting with the 5,000 year old mask of “The Lady of Uruk”. This iteration begins with my origin story: my family— the microcosm. This process of transformation pays homage to our celestial ancestors, despite the passage of time and the circumstances that have propelled us away from our homeland.
These ancient sculptures carry our burdens and have witnessed our pillage. The New Sumerians is part of a larger exploration rooted in storytelling and world-building; a supernatural dimension where ancestors live amongst the unborn, and intergenerational burdens transform into wisdom.