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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…
Cartoon 

Between Thought and Dreams: October Cartoon

The Ruya Foundation has a commissioned the Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari to produce a monthly cartoon series about art and Iraq. “Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.”
Interview 

Themes of Archaic #3: Water

The Berlin-based artist Nadine Hattom’s installation Until the River Winds Ninety Degrees West, commissioned for ‘Archaic,’ the Iraq Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, reflects on her family’s history and the ancient traditions of the Mandaean community that she grew up in. The Mandaeans are a religious group from southern Iraq whose cultural practices particularly relate to water…
 

Contemporizing Iraqi cuisine: Chef and founder Philip Juma

JUMA Kitchen is a food pop-up concept in London, celebrating the best of Iraqi cuisne. Founder and chef Philip Juma developed contemporary adaptations of traditional Iraqi dishes, often using family recipes, and hosts regular supper clubs and fundraising events in London. “Through food, JUMA Kitchen aims to break down stereotypes of Iraq, and connect people…