Spotlight

16_Sherko Abbas, The Music of the Bush Era, 2017, video and objects
Interview 

Venice Conversations: Sherko Abbas on the role of music and soft power.

Sherko Abbas (b. 1978, Sulaymaniya) is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Sulaymaniya, Iraq. Abbas works with video, performance, text and found objects. In 2013 he was awarded a scholarship from the Kurdistan Regional Government to pursue an MFA at the University of Goldsmiths, London. Abbas’ work has appeared in various group shows…

Venice Conversations: place, memorial and memory in Sakar Sleman’s work.

Sakar Sleman (b. 1979, Sulaymaniya) is a painter and installation artist who lives and works in Sulaymaniya. The artist has been commissioned to produce new work for ‘Archaic’, the Iraq Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Her work focuses on political, religious and social issues in Iraqi society and on women in particular. Many of…

Projects

‘Invisible Beauty’ at the Erbil Citadel

‘Invisible Beauty’ attracted over 20,000 visitors at the Venice Biennale, between May and November 2015. After transferring to S.M.A.K. (Museum for Contemporary Art) in Ghent in May 2016, the exhibition will be re-staged in the Erbil Citadel in an 18th-century merchant’s dwelling, the Salih Chalabi House. The Erbil Citadel was placed on the UNESCO World…

Ruya Notebooks

Ruya Notebooks is a new educational publishing initiative that will release two titles a year. For each Notebook a well known artist, curator or critic will select five short texts that they have identified as fundamental to their creative development. These texts will then be translated into Arabic, in most cases for the first time,…

Journal

Updates

Cartoon 

The Venice Biennale: May Cartoon Series

Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn a series of cartoons on Iraqi art at the Venice Biennale, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation.
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Exhibition 

‘Letters from Kathmandu’ a community art project inspired by the ‘Letters from Baghdad’

‘Letters from Kathmandu’ is a community art project inspired by Salam Atta Sabri’s series of drawings, ‘Letters from Baghdad’ (2005 – 2015). The artists Sanjeev and Sunita Maharjan, co-founders of the Drawing Room in Kathmandu, Nepal, held drawing workshops with local schools and community centres across four cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The project was…
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Cartoon 

Art and War: April Cartoon Series

Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn a series of cartoons on Art and War, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. In the below drawing, art overcomes all obstacles, including blast walls and war.