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Exhibition 

Sakar Sleman’s new solo show in the Ottoman-period Turkish bath, Hamam Kifri.

The artist Sakar Sleman presented a new solo show and installation in Hamam Kifri, an Ottoman-period Turkish bath in Kifri, Sulaymaniya Province. Sleman creates small objects and installations using organic materials such as coal, earth, wood, cloth and string. In doing so, the artist uses shape, colour, texture and smell to create work that is…

Conversation with Pedro Azara, curator of ‘Sumer and the Modern Paradigm’ at the Fundació Miró, Barcelona

The exhibition ‘Sumer and the Modern Paradigm’ at the Fundació Miro, Barcelona, elicits a conversation between Mesopotamian art and the works of modern artists, particularly during the interwar period (1918-1939). Works of artists such as Juan Miró, Henri Moore, Alberto Giacommetti and Willi Baumeister sit alongside Sumerian artefacts and illustrated media of the period. By…
Cartoon 

Books and Libraries: December cartoon

The Ruya Foundation has commissioned the Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari to produce a monthly cartoon series about culture and Iraq. This month’s theme is ‘Books and Libraries’. – “Sir, we got you a library.” – “Why?!” – “You can read in your free time.” – “Slow down my dear, the first document I have read…
Interview 

Themes of Archaic #4: Writing

“I am a letter, therefore I am a poet.” – Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen Writing is one of the seven themes of ‘Archaic,’ the Iraq Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. In light of this, Ruya speaks to the Iraqi-Australian poet Adeeb Kamal Ad-Deen (b.1953, Babel Province), whose works weaves together Sufi mysticism and poetry, often focusing on the letter…