Regional Conversations: Osama Khaled’s Science Fiction in Yemen

Osama Khaled is a young filmmaker currently based between Sana’a, Yemen and Berlin, Germany. Khaled’s most recent work, The Helmet, is a science-fiction short set in war-torn Sana’a and is currently in post-production. His earlier short Not Acting Anymore, which traces the lives of two young boys living through the conflict in Sana’a, was screened…

World Refugee Day 2018: Two Artists Reflect on the Crisis

On World Refugee Day, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. From our experience working in Iraq and in the refugee camps, we have seen the positive impact of supporting culture in conflict and crisis zones, both at the local and international level. This week, we spoke to two Iraqi-Kurdish filmmakers,…

Intertextuality, Fusion, Metaphor: Interview with Ali Rashid

Ali Rashid is an Iraqi-born painter and poet based in the Netherlands. Rashid trained at the Institute of Fine Art in Baghdad and later at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague. Rashid lived through the Iran-Iraq War and the first Gulf War and his work is a direct response to the ongoing violence…

‘Opinions and Other Opinions’: June Cartoon

The Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari’s series on culture and Iraq continues. This month’s theme is ‘Opinions and Other’s Opinions’. In the image below, the word “Opinion” appears in the frame, and the word “Other” has fallen out of it. In the image below, the billiard ball to the right represents an opinion whereas the one…

‘Missing a Limb, Impossible to Balance’: Iraqi Artist Sura Moayad

Sura Moayad is an artist and a student at the College of Fine Arts, University of Qadisiya. Moayad works with patchwork and sewing techniques which she learnt from her mother, thus deviating from the traditional and academic approaches taught at Iraqi art schools. Among her recent projects is a series of portraits and busts which…

Ruya Shop: Johan Grimonprez, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, 1997

This weekend the Ruya Shop is screening Johan Grimonprez’ Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997). Location: Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad Time: 10am – 2pm Date: Friday 25 May – Saturday 26 May Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y is a feature film by director Johan Grimonprez, which traces the history of an airplane hijacking as portrayed by mainstream television media. The film premiered…

‘Elections’: May Cartoon

The Baghdad-based cartoonist Khudair Alhimyari’s series on culture and Iraq continues. This month’s theme is Iraq’s parliamentary elections. Political Promises Two men discuss their vote and ballot papers. “What is the use if we mark them with right and they deliver wrong.” Self-Nominations Some candidates continue to nominate themselves although their popularity is visibly declining.