Today is World Refugee Day, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. – United Nations In December 2014, the Ruya Foundation set up a project to provide drawing materials to adult refugees living in the refugee camps of northern Iraq. These emergency camps had been set up in the summer of…
This month, the Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari, continues his cartoon series on ‘Art and War’, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. In the cartoon below, the artist paints the words ‘Art’ and ‘War’ consecutively. In the cartoon below, creativity and imagination can provide relief even in the darkest hour.
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (b. 1960, Baghdad) is a leading contemporary artist from Iraq’s diaspora living in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.Trained as a painter and printmaker, he also creates animations and artist books. Alfraji has exhibited his work internationally and his work is part of public and private collections including the British Museum, Mathaf: Arab Museum of…
Baghdad-based caricaturist Khudair Alhimyari has drawn a series of cartoons on Iraqi art at the Venice Biennale, commissioned by the Ruya Foundation. The cartoon below is about escaping stereotypes and frameworks in art.