This week the Ruya Shop is screening the film Welcome to Beirut (2005) by Lebanese artist Fouad El Khoury.

“Welcome to Beirut is about daily life: driving in the city, going to the hairdresser, discussions with the grocer, visiting a motor show, a wax museum, dining out. […] More ironic than sarcastic, the film reveals the state of mind of a certain Lebanese society, a direct consequence of the atlas syndrome: When one opens a European atlas of the world, Lebanon is in the middle but also in the crack, central yet invisible,” says the artist.

The Ruya Shop is a new contemporary art library and projection space in Baghdad. It opens on Fridays and Saturdays with the Mutanabi Street book market.