Spotlight

16299534_1397509850294281_3774638937459075484_n
Event 

Ruya Lab #6: A Vernacular for Every Day Life (Part II) with Aneta Szylak

The curator Aneta Szylak held a second workshop for artists in Baghdad with the Ruya Foundation. The aim of the 4 day workshop was for artists to develop a vernacular artistic language, so that they can engage with contemporary art practices, while producing work that is relevant to their local context. “A vernacular artistic language…

Video: Girls of Baghdad

In March 2015, the Ruya Foundation launched the first drama therapy project in Iraq. Girls from the Dar Azuhur Orphanage in Baghdad worked with six leading Iraqi actors to learn the basics of theatre. Together they wrote, produced, directed and acted in their own play. This is their story.

Projects

‘Invisible Beauty’ at the Erbil Citadel

‘Invisible Beauty’ attracted over 20,000 visitors at the Venice Biennale, between May and November 2015. After transferring to S.M.A.K. (Museum for Contemporary Art) in Ghent in May 2016, the exhibition will be re-staged in the Erbil Citadel in an 18th-century merchant’s dwelling, the Salih Chalabi House. The Erbil Citadel was placed on the UNESCO World…

Ruya Notebooks

Ruya Notebooks is a new educational publishing initiative that will release two titles a year. For each Notebook a well known artist, curator or critic will select five short texts that they have identified as fundamental to their creative development. These texts will then be translated into Arabic, in most cases for the first time,…

Journal

Filmmaking in Iraq: February Cartoon Series

February is the month of film festivals, from the Berlinale to Rotterdam, and the Academy Awards. Khudair Alhimyari has drawn a series of cartoons on filmmaking in Iraq. “I am looking at the conditions of working life in Iraq through its filmmakers,” says Alhimyari, “the complacency of the filmmakers in this cartoon is also a critical comment…

Updates

Grayson Perry, The Frivolous Now, 2011. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London. © Grayson Perry. Photography © Stephen White
News 

Art and Its Objects: 5 Essays on Contemporary Art Selected by Jonathan Watkins

Ruya Notebooks is a new educational publishing initiative that will release two titles a year. For each Notebook a well known artist, curator or critic will select five short texts that they have identified as fundamental to their creative development. These texts will then be translated into Arabic, in most cases for the first time,…
Screening of 'I Am Similar to My Father' (2013) at the Shaab Teahouse. Courtesy of the artist.
Interview 

Plastic Women and Teahouses: interview with the artist Rozhgar Mustafa

Rozhgar Mustafa is a video and performance artist based in Sulaymaniya. After training as a painter at the Institute of Fine Arts and the University of Sulaymaniya, Mustafa soon began experimenting with video, performance and ready-made objects to make works about women and womanhood in Iraq. In 2011, Mustafa arranged for a group of protesters…
Still from Iraqi Odyssey: A Family picnic outside of Baghdad in 1959, one year after the Revolution. Courtesy of Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion.
Interview 

Family Trees and Pop Culture Rebels: director Samir on his documentary film Iraqi Odyssey.

On 2 December, the Ruya Foundation co-sponsored the Iraqi premiere of the award-winning documentary film Iraqi Odyssey (2014). The film traces the epic journey of the filmmaker Samir’s own family who left Iraq more than half a century ago, and are now scattered across the world. Samir (b.1955, Iraq) is a Swiss-Iraqi film director, writer and…