Spotlight


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

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.

Updates

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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.
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 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.…