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Themes of Archaic #3: Water

The Berlin-based artist Nadine Hattom’s installation Until the River Winds Ninety Degrees West, commissioned for ‘Archaic,’ the Iraq Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, reflects on her family’s history and the ancient traditions of the Mandaean community that she grew up in. The Mandaeans are a religious group from southern Iraq whose cultural practices particularly relate to water…

Contemporizing Iraqi cuisine: Chef and founder Philip Juma

JUMA Kitchen is a food pop-up concept in London, celebrating the best of Iraqi cuisne. Founder and chef Philip Juma developed contemporary adaptations of traditional Iraqi dishes, often using family recipes, and hosts regular supper clubs and fundraising events in London. “Through food, JUMA Kitchen aims to break down stereotypes of Iraq, and connect people…

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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

‘An Artistic Career’: September Cartoon by Khudair Alhimyari

The Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn ‘An Artistic Career’, a new cartoon series for the month of September, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. Climbing the Career Ladder Freedom of Expression 1st image: “Theoretical” 2nd image: “Practical” 3rd image: “Precautionary”

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Cartoon 

‘An Artistic Career’: September Cartoon by Khudair Alhimyari

The Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn ‘An Artistic Career’, a new cartoon series for the month of September, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. Climbing the Career Ladder Freedom of Expression 1st image: “Theoretical” 2nd image: “Practical” 3rd image: “Precautionary”
Portfolio 

Themes of ‘Archaic’ #2: Art and War

When curating the exhibition ‘Archaic’ for the Iraq Pavilion, curators Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo selected themes within the archaic that are the precursor to any civilization. Among these, is the theme of war. While two of the participating artists at the Pavilion addressed war and conflict, here we highlight recent work by lesser-known Iraqi…