Spotlight


Rematerialising Mosul’s Textile History

Dr Zena Kamash is a Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology and Art, Department of Classics, Royal Holloway University of London. One of the (many) things that has always fascinated me about Neo-Assyrian reliefs is the intricate details of the clothes and their decoration; I could spend, and have spent, hours gazing at them. It is…

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

World Refugee Day 2018: Two Artists Reflect on the Crisis

On World Refugee Day, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. From our experience working in Iraq and in the refugee camps, we have seen the positive impact of supporting culture in conflict and crisis zones, both at the local and international level. This week, we spoke to two Iraqi-Kurdish filmmakers,…

‘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…

Updates

Event 

Ruya Shop: Ayman Al Amiri’s Alleys (2018)

The Ruya Shop is launching a series of small exhibitions by artists predominantly based in Iraq. This month, Baghdad-based photographer Ayman Al Amiri will present his new work in an exhibition entitled Zuqaq (Alley) which consists of a short documentary film Zuqaq (2018) co-produced by Ruya, alongside a selection of black and white photographs of…
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…