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World Refugee Day: Art in Iraq’s Refugee Camps

Today is World Refugee Day, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. – United Nations In December 2014, the Ruya Foundation set up a project to provide drawing materials to adult refugees living in the refugee camps of northern Iraq. These emergency camps had been set up in the summer of…

Projects

The Iraq Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

A ‘Magnificent Pavilion’ – Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times ‘Excellent’ – Holland Cotter, The New York Times ‘Awash with social conscience’ – The Economist The Ruya Foundation is pleased to present the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 57th Venice Biennale, 13 May – 26 November 2017. The exhibition, ‘Archaic’, shows the work of eight Modern and…

Journal

The Venice Biennale: May Cartoon Series

Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn a series of cartoons on Iraqi art at the Venice Biennale, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. The cartoon below is about escaping stereotypes and frameworks in art.

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artandwar
Cartoon 

Art and War: June Cartoon Series by Khudair Alhimyari

This month, the Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari, continues his cartoon series on ‘Art and War’, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. In the cartoon below, the artist paints the words ‘Art’ and ‘War’ consecutively.
Biennale Cartoon
Cartoon 

The Venice Biennale: May Cartoon Series

Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn a series of cartoons on Iraqi art at the Venice Biennale, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. The cartoon below is about escaping stereotypes and frameworks in art.
16_Sherko Abbas, The Music of the Bush Era, 2017, video and objects
Interview 

Venice Conversations: Sherko Abbas on the role of music and soft power.

Sherko Abbas (b. 1978, Sulaymaniya) is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Sulaymaniya, Iraq. Abbas works with video, performance, text and found objects. In 2013 he was awarded a scholarship from the Kurdistan Regional Government to pursue an MFA at the University of Goldsmiths, London. Abbas’ work has appeared in various group shows…