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 artist Hiwa K and the curator and art theorist Aneta Szyłak. The pair have worked together since 2008 on art projects in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Many of the texts in this title were translated to Arabic for the first time.

Below is the list of current distribution points. More will be added in the next few weeks.


Burj Babel Centre for Media Development, Abu Nawas Street, Baghdad

Coffee and Books Coffeehouse, Karrada, Baghdad

Ridhaa Alwan Coffeehouse, Karrada, Baghdad

Shabandar Coffeehouse, Mutannabi Street, Baghdad

For distribution in Basra, Hilla, Sulaymaniya and other cities, please contact: [email protected]


Agial Gallery, Beirut

Beirut Art Centre, Beirut

Dar Bistro & Books, Beirut

Librairie Internationale, Beirut

Mansion,, Beirut

Marfa’, Beirut

Metro, Beirut

Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut

Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut

T-Marbouta, Beirut

BEYt Amir, Beirut

Dawawine, Beirut

Dar Al Nimer, Beirut


Al Riwaq Art Space, Manama


Nabad Art Gallery, Amman

Darat Al Funoon / Khaled Shoman Foundation, Amman

Dar Al Anda Gallery, Amman

Orfali, Amman


Dar Merit, Cairo

Dar Tanmia, Cairo

Contemporary Image Collective Cairo

Room Art Space, Cairo

Townhouse, Cairo

Margo Veillon Gallery of Modern Egyptian Art, American University of Cairo, Cairo

Mashrabia Art Gallery, Cairo

Gallery Picasso, Cairo

Nile Art Gallery, Cairo

Safar Khan Gallery, Cairo

Karim Francis Gallery, Cairo

Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

Behna Foundation, Alexandria


Darat Al Funoon, Kuwait City

Visual Therapy, Kuwait City

The Sultan Gallery, Kuwait City

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Art Council, Jeddah

Hafez Gallery, Jeddah


Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah

Barjeel Collection, Sharjah

Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah

Art Sawa, Dubai
Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai

Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai

Meem Gallery, Dubai

Art Dubai, Dubai

Third Line Gallery, Dubai

Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai

Green Art Gallery, Dubai

Isabelle Van Eynde, Dubai

Grey Noise, Dubai

Carbon 12, Dubai