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Interview 

What is an Image, a Sound, A Word? Interview with the artist Hassan Massoudy

Hassan Massoudy draws on his training as a calligrapher to create energetic compositions based on the written word. In an artistic career that has spanned 45 years, Massoudy’s experimental approach has pushed the limits of a rigid calligraphic tradition. His work includes the writings of poets and philosophers from all ages and cultures, ranging from…

Memories of the Future: Interview with Syrian artist Ghaith Mofeed

Regional Conversations is a series of online articles by the Ruya Foundation, which addresses issues surrounding art and conflict in the wider Middle East. Last summer, Ghaith Mofeed, a young artist from Damascus, buried half of an expired Syrian document beneath the ground in the town of Cuenca, Ecuador. He gathered some of the soil…

Ruya Shop: ‘Floating World’ a programme of video work presented by Ikon Gallery

Ikon, an internationally acclaimed contemporary art gallery located in Birmingham, UK presents a programme of video work by British and international artists, in partnership with The Ruya Foundation. Floating World includes silent films that variously communicate the strangeness of everyday life, as if to suggest that human beings are aliens on Earth. Artists include Michel…

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

‘Art and Elections’: April Cartoon

The Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari’s series on culture and Iraq continues. This month’s theme is ‘Art and Elections’. Your Favorite Candidate This month’s cartoon is about ‘Art and Elections’ by Khudair Alhimyari. A gallery invigilator ushers a visitor to the exhibition room. The visitor however, admires a series of election posters: ‘I find the work…

Updates

 

‘Art, Companionship and Everyday Life’ by Aneta Szyłak

In 2008, the curator Aneta Szyłak and the artist Hiwa K founded Estrangement, a series of workshops for artists in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In this essay written ten years later as the introduction for Ruya Notebooks #2, Szyłak reflects on the challenges of this innovative project. Read more. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose…
News 

Ruya Notebooks #2 Distribution in the Middle East

The second title in the Ruya Foundation’s Ruya Notebooks series, Artist Hiwa K and Curator Aneta Szyłak in Conversation: 8 Essays on Contemporary Art, is being available for free in art spaces and cultural centres across the Middle East. A selection of eight texts on contemporary art and critical theory was made by the internationally acclaimed Iraqi-Kurdish…
Cartoon 

‘Art and Elections’: April Cartoon

The Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari’s series on culture and Iraq continues. This month’s theme is ‘Art and Elections’. Your Favorite Candidate This month’s cartoon is about ‘Art and Elections’ by Khudair Alhimyari. A gallery invigilator ushers a visitor to the exhibition room. The visitor however, admires a series of election posters: ‘I find the work…