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Interview 

What is an Image, a Sound, A Word? Interview with the artist Hassan Massoudy

Hassan Massoudy draws on his training as a calligrapher to create energetic compositions based on the written word. In an artistic career that has spanned 45 years, Massoudy’s experimental approach has pushed the limits of a rigid calligraphic tradition. His work includes the writings of poets and philosophers from all ages and cultures, ranging from…

Memories of the Future: Interview with Syrian artist Ghaith Mofeed

Regional Conversations is a series of online articles by the Ruya Foundation, which addresses issues surrounding art and conflict in the wider Middle East. Last summer, Ghaith Mofeed, a young artist from Damascus, buried half of an expired Syrian document beneath the ground in the town of Cuenca, Ecuador. He gathered some of the soil…

‘Art and Elections’: April Cartoon

The Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari’s series on culture and Iraq continues. This month’s theme is ‘Art and Elections’. Your Favorite Candidate This month’s cartoon is about ‘Art and Elections’ by Khudair Alhimyari. A gallery invigilator ushers a visitor to the exhibition room. The visitor however, admires a series of election posters: ‘I find the work…
Video 

Ruya Shop: ‘Floating World’ a programme of video work presented by Ikon Gallery

Ikon, an internationally acclaimed contemporary art gallery located in Birmingham, UK presents a programme of video work by British and international artists, in partnership with The Ruya Foundation. Floating World includes silent films that variously communicate the strangeness of everyday life, as if to suggest that human beings are aliens on Earth. Artists include Michel…
Cartoon 

‘The Culture of Violence’: March Cartoon

The Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari’s series on culture and Iraq continues. This month’s theme addresses Iraq’s culture of violence. Toy Shop Practical Life Experience In the cartoon below, a man reads a book entitled The Culture of Violence. In the cartoon below, a parent tells his child “I’ve told you a hundred times not to…