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Essay 

Themes of ‘Archaic’ #1: ‘Earth’ by archaeologist Dr. Jane Moon OBE

For the exhibition ‘Archaic,’ curators Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo selected themes within the archaic that are the precursor to any civilization. For the first blog in this series, archaeologist Dr. Jane Moon reflects on the theme of ‘earth’ and what this means for the ancient civilisations of Southern Iraq, and archaeologists today. Dr. Jane…

Projects

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

A ‘Magnificent Pavilion’ – Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times ‘Excellent’ – Holland Cotter, The New York Times ‘Awash with social conscience’ – The Economist The Ruya Foundation is pleased to present the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 57th Venice Biennale, 13 May – 26 November 2017. The exhibition, ‘Archaic’, shows the work of eight Modern and…

Journal

The Image of War: July Cartoon Series by Khudair Alhimyari

The Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn ‘The Image of War, a new cartoon series for the month of July. Below is a dialogue between a journalist and a cameraman (right to left). Journalist: First, take a long shot of the impact of war and destruction on houses and streets. Journalist: Then, take a medium…

Art and War: June Cartoon Series by Khudair Alhimyari

This month, the Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari, continues his cartoon series on ‘Art and War’, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. In the cartoon below, the artist paints the words ‘Art’ and ‘War’ consecutively. In the cartoon below, creativity and imagination can provide relief even in the darkest hour.

Updates

 

“A country without history is rootless”: Baghdad-based photographer Hadi Al Najjar

Hadi Al Najjar (b. 1957) is a well known and established photographer in Iraq and President of the Photographers’ Society in Baghdad. His recent work ‘Beyond the City Lights’, focused on the destitute and marginalized communities living in the old districts of Baghdad. Streets such as Al-Rashid and Al-Mutanabbi are the last remaining examples of…
Cartoon 

The Image of War: July Cartoon Series by Khudair Alhimyari

The Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn ‘The Image of War, a new cartoon series for the month of July. Below is a dialogue between a journalist and a cameraman (right to left). Journalist: First, take a long shot of the impact of war and destruction on houses and streets. Journalist: Then, take a medium…
News 

Shortlisted: Monograph of Latif Al Ani at Les Rencontres d’Arles

The first monograph of Latif Al Ani’s work is shortlisted for the Historical Book Award at the major annual photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles. The book was commissioned and edited by the Ruya Foundation, and published by Hatje Cantz in May 2017. Latif Al Ani (b. 1932, Baghdad) is known as the founding father of…
Cartoon 

Art and War: June Cartoon Series by Khudair Alhimyari

This month, the Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari, continues his cartoon series on ‘Art and War’, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. In the cartoon below, the artist paints the words ‘Art’ and ‘War’ consecutively. In the cartoon below, creativity and imagination can provide relief even in the darkest hour.