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Interview 

Intertextuality, Fusion, Metaphor: Interview with Ali Rashid

Ali Rashid is an Iraqi-born painter and poet based in the Netherlands. Rashid trained at the Institute of Fine Art in Baghdad and later at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague. Rashid lived through the Iran-Iraq War and the first Gulf War and his work is a direct response to the ongoing violence…

‘Missing a Limb, Impossible to Balance’: Iraqi Artist Sura Moayad

Sura Moayad is an artist and a student at the College of Fine Arts, University of Qadisiya. Moayad works with patchwork and sewing techniques which she learnt from her mother, thus deviating from the traditional and academic approaches taught at Iraqi art schools. Among her recent projects is a series of portraits and busts which…

What is an Image, a Sound, A Word? Interview with the artist Hassan Massoudy

Hassan Massoudy draws on his training as a calligrapher to create energetic compositions based on the written word. In an artistic career that has spanned 45 years, Massoudy’s experimental approach has pushed the limits of a rigid calligraphic tradition. His work includes the writings of poets and philosophers from all ages and cultures, ranging from…

Projects

Ruya Shop: A Contemporary Art Space and Library in Baghdad

The Ruya Foundation has opened a contemporary art library and projection space in Baghdad. The Ruya Shop is located on Mutanabbi Street, which is known for its weekly book market selling used and rare books. Every week, during the book market’s opening hours, the Ruya Shop will project a selection of video and photography by…

Exhibition: Latif Al Ani, Founding Father of Iraqi Photography

The Ruya Foundation is pleased to announce the first UK exhibition of Iraqi photographer Latif Al Ani (b. 1932) at the Coningsby Gallery in Fitrovia. ‘Latif Al Ani’ will run 4 December – 16 December 2017. The exhibition will include over 50 works surveying the artist’s practice from the 1950s to the 1970s. Considered the…

Journal

‘Opinions and Other Opinions’: June Cartoon

The Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari’s series on culture and Iraq continues. This month’s theme is ‘Opinions and Other’s Opinions’. In the image below, the word “Opinion” appears in the frame, and the word “Other” has fallen out of it. In the image below, the billiard ball to the right represents an opinion whereas the one…

Ruya Shop: Johan Grimonprez, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, 1997

This weekend the Ruya Shop is screening Johan Grimonprez’ Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997). Location: Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad Time: 10am – 2pm Date: Friday 25 May – Saturday 26 May Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y is a feature film by director Johan Grimonprez, which traces the history of an airplane hijacking as portrayed by mainstream television media. The film premiered…

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Video 

Ruya Shop: Johan Grimonprez, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, 1997

This weekend the Ruya Shop is screening Johan Grimonprez’ Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997). Location: Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad Time: 10am – 2pm Date: Friday 25 May – Saturday 26 May Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y is a feature film by director Johan Grimonprez, which traces the history of an airplane hijacking as portrayed by mainstream television media. The film premiered…
Video 

Ruya Shop: Francis Alÿs, The Silence of Ani, 2015

This weekend the Ruya Shop is screening the film The Silence of Ani (2015) by Francis Alys. Location: Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad Time: 10am – 2pm Date: Friday 18 May – Saturday 19 May The Belgian contemporary artist Francis Alÿs’ film The Silence of Ani takes place in the ancient Armenian city of Ani on the…
Video 

Ruya Shop: Jean Painlevé, La Vampire (1945)

This weekend the Ruya Shop is screening the film La Vampire (1945) by Jean Painlevé. Location: Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad Time: 10am – 2pm Date: Friday 11 May – Saturday 12 May The French naturalist and documentary filmmaker Jean Painlevé captured the natural world as it had never been seen before. Although his films were made…
Cartoon 

‘Elections’: May Cartoon

The Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari’s series on culture and Iraq continues. This month’s theme is Iraq’s parliamentary elections. Political Promises Two men discuss their vote and ballot papers. “What is the use if we mark them with right and they deliver wrong.” Self-Nominations Some candidates continue to nominate themselves although their popularity is visibly declining.