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Event 

Invisible Beauty travels to S.M.A.K, Gent.

Last week a restaging of Ruya’s Invisible Beauty opened at S.M.A.K. Museum for Contemporary Art in Gent, Belgium. The exhibition was first shown as the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015, for which Ruya appointed Philippe Van Cauteren, artistic director of S.M.A.K., as curator. Invisible Beauty showcases five Iraqi artists and the…

Ruya Foundation launches Iraqi Contemporary Artist Database

We are pleased to announce the launch today of the first publically accessible online database of contemporary Iraqi artists. The Ruya Artist Database is a long term, ever-expanding project that will be a cornerstone to Ruya’s ongoing mission to promote the work of contemporary Iraqi artists internationally. The Ruya Artist Database will collate portfolios of a…

Ruya Labs #3: A vernacular for every day life with curator Aneta Szylak

Ruya Foundation invited Polish curator and writer Aneta Szylak to carry out a seminar at the Sif Garden in Baghdad, as part of Ruya Labs, our ongoing series of art workshops and seminars for the local artistic community. The workshop was divided into two modules. Ahead of the first module, participants were asked to bring…

Projects

Non-profit booth Art16

As part of our efforts to create international opportunities for, and foster recognition of, Iraqi contemporary artists working both in Iraq and abroad, we took part as a non-profit booth at Art16 art fair in London. We presented work by 12 contemporary Iraqi artists working across a range of media including painting, photography, ceramics, textile,…

Ruya Labs

Ruya Labs will be hosted throughout the year in Baghdad, with the aim of nurturing creativity, freedom of expression and international collaborations between artists and cultural professionals. Our past labs are listed below.

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Updates

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Event 

Ruya Foundation at Art16

As part of our efforts to create international opportunities for, and foster recognition of, Iraqi contemporary artists working both in Iraq and abroad, we took part as a non-profit booth at Art16 art fair in London. The partnership with Art16 provided commercial opportunities for Iraq based artists who are otherwise disenfranchised from the art market.…
Dilan Abidin, Forbidden (detail), 2013. Courtesy of the artist.
News 

Participation at Art16, London, 19-22 May

The Ruya Foundation is pleased to announce its participation as a non-profit exhibitor in Art16 at Olympia, London from 19 – 22 May 2016. Please join us for drinks at our booth from 6.30-9pm on 19 May. Works will be on display by 12 artists working across a range of media including painting, photography, ceramics,…
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Interview 

Nature, landscapes and battlefields: Nadine Hattom’s Shadows on Operation Iraqi Freedom

Nadine Hattom is an Iraqi artist currently based in Berlin. Her recent series, Shadows explores the Iraqi landscape with images from the U.S. State Department of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was on display at the Marrakech Biennale 2016. She speaks to Ruya about this, and her earlier work, combining sculpture and photography. What influenced the…