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Imperial Race: A New Board Game About Iraq’s Ancient Heritage

A couple of months ago, the annual Global Grad Show in Dubai showcased innovative student-led projects from design and technology schools across the world. The Amman-based Iraqi designer and artist Durrah Alomar, a recent graduate of the German Jordanian University, presented Imperial Race, a new board game that teaches players about Iraq’s ancient heritage. Alomar…

Rematerialising Mosul’s Textile History

Dr Zena Kamash is a Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology and Art, Department of Classics, Royal Holloway University of London. One of the (many) things that has always fascinated me about Neo-Assyrian reliefs is the intricate details of the clothes and their decoration; I could spend, and have spent, hours gazing at them. It is…

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

Regional Conversations: Osama Khaled’s Science Fiction in Yemen

Osama Khaled is a young filmmaker currently based between Sana’a, Yemen and Berlin, Germany. Khaled’s most recent work, The Helmet, is a science-fiction short set in war-torn Sana’a and is currently in post-production. His earlier short Not Acting Anymore, which traces the lives of two young boys living through the conflict in Sana’a, was screened…

Updates

Video 

Ruya Shop: David Lynch, Wild At Heart (1990)

This weekend the Ruya Shop is screening David Lynch’s Wild At Heart (1990). Location: Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad Time: 10am – 2pm Date: Friday 4 January – Saturday 5 January Wild at Heart is a 1990 American film written and directed by David Lynch, and based on Barry Gifford’s 1989 novel of the same name. Both…
 

Ruya Shop: Bruce Nauman, Clown Torture ( 1987)

This weekend the Ruya Shop is screening Bruce Naumann’s Clown Torture (1987). Location: Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad Time: 10am – 2pm Date: Friday 28 December – Saturday 29 December For the past 50 years, the American artist Bruce Nauman has worked in every conceivable artistic medium, dissolving inherited genres and inventing new ones in the process.…
Video 

Ruya Shop: La Coquille et le Clergyman (1928), Germaine du Lac

This weekend the Ruya Shop is screening Germaine du Lac’s film La Coquille et le Clergyman (1928). Location: Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad Time: 10am – 2pm Date: Friday 21 Dec – Saturday 22 Dec Some historians consider Germaine Dulac’s La Coquille et le Clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman) to be the first surrealist film ever…
 

Ruya Shop: La Vampire (1945), Jean Painlevé

This weekend the Ruya Shop is screening the film La Vampire (1945) by Jean Painlevé. Location: Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad Time: 10am – 2pm Date: Friday 14 Dec – Saturday 15 Dec The French naturalist and documentary filmmaker Jean Painlevé captured the natural world as it had never been seen before. Although his films were made…