‘Fatherland: Serwan Baran’ the Iraq Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale

The Iraqi artist Serwan Baran will represent Iraq at the 58th Venice Biennale. This is the first time Iraq will be represented by a solo artist at the Biennale, and the exhibition, entitled ‘Fatherland’ is co-curated by Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo. Iraqi-Kurdish artist Serwan Baran was born in Baghdad in 1968, and is considered…

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…


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…


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…



Ruya Shop: Akam Shex Hadi’s ‘Travels in Assyria’

Opening this Friday, ‘Travels in Assyria’, a solo exhibition by Akam Shex Hadi documents the story of Iraq’s antiquity in recent years. At the Ruya Shop on Mutanabi Street from the 26th of April till the 18th of May 2019. Open every Friday and Saturday from 9am-2pm.

Ruya Shop: Hashim Taeeh’s ‘Dangerous Elements’

A new solo exhibition by Basra based artist Hashim Taeeh opened on 19th October 2018 and ran until 10th November 2018 at the Ruya Shop. It featured paintings and mixed media sculpture. ‘Dangerous Elements’ explored the theme of water and its environmental consequences.

Ruya Shop: Aladeen Mohammad Kazem

A new solo exhibition by artist Aladeen Mohammad Kadhim opened on Friday 20th March 2019 at the Ruya Shop. It will run until Saturday 20th April 2019. The exhibition was opened in the presence of the Director General of the Department of Plastic Arts, Dr. Ali.

Ruya Shop: Salam Atta Sabri’s ‘Letters from Baghdad’

The Ruya Foundation presented “Letters from Baghdad”, a solo exhibition of drawings by Salam Atta Sabri from February 15 through March 9, 2019. In response to the success of the exhibition, it was extended until Saturday March 23, 2019. The exhibition was opened by Mr. Thaer Abtan, Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Tourism and…