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The Marshes: August Cartoon series by Khudair Alhimyari

Each week, Ruya will be sharing a cartoon by Iraqi caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari. This month’s theme is the marshes, which were recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Below, Alhimyari comments on the reaction that clerics in Iraq had to the prospect of the marshes becoming a tourist attraction. In this cartoon, titled “List of…

Invisible Beauty travels to S.M.A.K, Gent.

Last week a restaging of Ruya’s Invisible Beauty opened at S.M.A.K. Museum for Contemporary Art in Gent, Belgium. The exhibition was first shown as the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015, for which Ruya appointed Philippe Van Cauteren, artistic director of S.M.A.K., as curator. Invisible Beauty showcases five Iraqi artists and the…

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Ruya partners with 5th International Çanakkale Biennial

The Ruya Foundation has partnered with the 5th International Çanakkale Biennial, in Turkey, to show new work by artists Akam Shex Hadi and Salam Atta Sabri. Opening on 24 September 2016, this six-week exhibition will explore the theme of Homeland. Both artists have been commissioned by the Ruya Foundation to produce new work around this…

Non-profit booth Art16

As part of our efforts to create international opportunities for, and foster recognition of, Iraqi contemporary artists working both in Iraq and abroad, we took part as a non-profit booth at Art16 art fair in London. We presented work by 12 contemporary Iraqi artists working across a range of media including painting, photography, ceramics, textile,…

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Ruya Foundation at Art16

As part of our efforts to create international opportunities for, and foster recognition of, Iraqi contemporary artists working both in Iraq and abroad, we took part as a non-profit booth at Art16 art fair in London. The partnership with Art16 provided commercial opportunities for Iraq based artists who are otherwise disenfranchised from the art market.…
Dilan Abidin, Forbidden (detail), 2013. Courtesy of the artist.
News 

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 

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…