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Themes of Fatherland #2: The Boat

Serwan Baran’s The Last General (2019), a new commission unveiled at the Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, depicts the corpse of an army general floating on a reed boat. As visitors enter the Pavilion’s first room they stumble on the clay and resin sculpture. The general’s body appears rested, but his head drops backwards,…

The Iraq Pavilion Opens to the Public

‘Fatherland,’ the Iraq Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale has opened to the public after a busy and exciting week of previews. Visitors at preview tours of the pavilion included representatives of institutions such as the Tate, Art Dubai, the Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires, the Serpentine and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and…

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

Themes of Fatherland #1: The Witness

In a recent interview, the Iraqi-Kurdish Serwan Baran said of his new exhibition for the Iraq Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale: “I want viewers to be witnesses to the crime, to understand what it means to have lived a lifetime of conflict.” The artist’s new commission for the exhibition The Last Meal (2019) depicts…

Updates

News 

Book launch: Fatherland, the Iraq Pavilion Catalogue

The Ruya Foundation has launched Fatherland, the catalogue for the Iraq Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. The new publication includes an essay on the artist Serwan Baran by the art historian Natasha Gasparian and illustrations of Baran’s new commissions and preliminary sketches for the exhibition. As part of his research for the Fatherland exhibition, Baran collected…
Essay 

Themes of Fatherland #1: The Witness

In a recent interview, the Iraqi-Kurdish Serwan Baran said of his new exhibition for the Iraq Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale: “I want viewers to be witnesses to the crime, to understand what it means to have lived a lifetime of conflict.” The artist’s new commission for the exhibition The Last Meal (2019) depicts…
Event 

Ruya Shop: Akam Shex Hadi’s ‘Travels in Assyria’

Opening this Friday, ‘Travels in Assyria’, a solo exhibition by Akam Shex Hadi documents the story of Iraq’s antiquity in recent years. At the Ruya Shop on Mutanabi Street from the 26th of April till the 18th of May 2019. Open every Friday and Saturday from 9am-2pm.
Event 

Ruya Shop: Aladeen Mohammad Kazem

A new solo exhibition by artist Aladeen Mohammad Kadhim opened on Friday 20th March 2019 at the Ruya Shop. It will run until Saturday 20th April 2019. The exhibition was opened in the presence of the Director General of the Department of Plastic Arts, Dr. Ali.