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The Iraq Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

The Ruya Foundation is pleased to announce that Tamara Chalabi, Chair and Cofounder of Ruya, and Paolo Colombo, Art Adviser at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, will co-curate the National Pavilion of Iraq at the Biennale Arte 2017, 13 May – 26 November 2017. The exhibition, ‘Archaic’, will explore the duality and tension in…

Ruya Lab #6: A Vernacular for Every Day Life (Part II) with Aneta Szylak

The curator Aneta Szylak held a second workshop for artists in Baghdad with the Ruya Foundation. The aim of the 4 day workshop was for artists to develop a vernacular artistic language, so that they can engage with contemporary art practices, while producing work that is relevant to their local context. “A vernacular artistic language…

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

Majd Abdel Hamid: ‘Nothing is more present today than violence’

Regional Conversations is a new series of online articles by the Ruya Foundation. Through interviews, studio visits, essays and online galleries, the series addresses issues surrounding art and conflict in the region. Majd Abdelhamid is an insomniac. In the evenings, he trawls through Youtube videos and the news on television, collecting images and videos of…

Updates

The first edition of Ruya Notebooks at the Institut du Monde Arabe, March 2017.
News 

Ruya Notebooks: Book signing at ArtBAB, Manama and other news.

The first edition of Ruya Notebooks, Art and Its Objects: 5 Essays on Contemporary Art Selected by Jonathan Watkins, will launch in Manama this month, at the art fair Art Bahrain Across Borders. The fair is curated by Jonathan Watkins, who selected the essays in the book. There will be a book signing with Mr.…
Man in Dara after military opened fire on protesters, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.
Interview 

Majd Abdel Hamid: ‘Nothing is more present today than violence’

Regional Conversations is a new series of online articles by the Ruya Foundation. Through interviews, studio visits, essays and online galleries, the series addresses issues surrounding art and conflict in the region. Majd Abdelhamid is an insomniac. In the evenings, he trawls through Youtube videos and the news on television, collecting images and videos of…
The Taragaon Hostel in the 1970s. Photo: Carl Pruscha archive.
Exhibition 

Salam Atta Sabri’s ‘Letters from Baghdad’ at the Kathmandu Triennale 2017

The Baghdad-based artist Salam Atta Sabri has been selected to show his series of drawings ‘Letters from Baghdad’ (2005- 2015) at the first edition of the Kathmandu Triennale, in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Triennale is a major new art fair in Nepal, which brings together international and Nepalese artists in contemporary and historic venues across the…
Sakar Sleman and Tamara Chalabi in the artist's studio. Photo: Ruya Foundation
News 

Ruya Foundation announces artists for National Pavilion of Iraq 2017

The Ruya Foundation is pleased to announce the participating artists for the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 57th Venice Biennale in May 2017. The exhibition, ‘Archaic’, will display the work of eight Modern and contemporary Iraqi artists in dialogue with ancient Iraqi artefacts. It will also include a new commission by internationally acclaimed Belgian-born…