Salam Shamki is a London-based multidisciplinary artist who is driven by story and documentation. She works as a freelance filmmaker, artist and arts facilitator, and will soon launch Heartnouveaux, an alternative jewellery and crochet boutique. Her practice is inspired by her cultural identity as a British Iraqi as she seeks to create works that identify and interrogate British and Iraqi culture through a postcolonial lens—as in her to-be-released project “Do I need the National Gallery?” Focusing on Iraqi culture and arts, she uses both fiction and documentary film—both live action and animation—to ask questions and archive pasts and presents.