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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…

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…

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…

Projects

Residency: Haider Jabbar in Samsun, Turkey

Iraqi artist Haider Jabbar, one of the five selected artists for the Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2015, is currently completing a year-long residency in Samsun, Turkey supported by Ruya Foundation. The young, Baghdad-based artist fled to Turkey in November 2014, where he lives as an asylum-seeker. Ruya had been following his work while…

Traces of Survival: Drawings by Refugees in Iraq selected by Ai Weiwei

In December 2014 Ruya launched a campaign to provide drawing materials to adult men and women in refugee camps. Ruya visited Camp Shariya, Camp Baharka and Mar Elia Camp and over five days the Foundation collected 546 submissions, including drawings, poetry and prose, all of which will be on display. The submissions present powerful responses…

Journal

Baghdad artist Rawan al Mukhtar talks about carpets, tribes and Iraqi toilets.

Rawan al Mukhtar (b.1991, Baghdad) lives and works in Baghdad. Her most recent work, the video installation Tellaqtin, 2015, explores the relationship between Eastern and Western culture. A student at the College of Fine Arts, University of Baghdad, where she has specialised in painting, Rawan often stages and photographs the scenes that she wants to portray, bringing…

Updates

 

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 

Asmaa Alanbari on identity, culture and the body.

Asmaa Alanbari is an Iraqi born visual artist and creative director based in London. Her work deals with identity and cross cultural dialogue through the painting and photography of the human body. She directs public art events and projects, such as art exhibitions and other interactive cultural events. One example is a program called “Self…
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Writer Hassan Blasim on magic, horror, and his journey on foot to Europe.

Hassan Blasim is an Iraqi writer and filmmaker, who’s series of short stories The Iraqi Christ won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2014. He speaks to Ruya about being a film student in Baghdad at the time of the UN sanctions, shooting his controversial film The Wounded Camera, his journey on foot to Europe, and his upcoming…