Man in Dara after military opened fire on protesters, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Majd Abdel Hamid: ‘Nothing is more present today than violence’

Regional Conversations is a new series of online articles by the Ruya Foundation. Through interviews, studio visits, essays and online galleries, the series addresses issues surrounding art and conflict in the region. Majd Abdelhamid is an insomniac. In the evenings, he trawls through Youtube videos and the news on television, collecting images and videos of…
The first edition of Ruya Notebooks at the Institut du Monde Arabe, March 2017.

Ruya Notebooks: Book signing at ArtBAB, Manama and other news.

The first edition of Ruya Notebooks, Art and Its Objects: 5 Essays on Contemporary Art Selected by Jonathan Watkins, will launch in Manama this month, at the art fair Art Bahrain Across Borders. The fair is curated by Jonathan Watkins, who selected the essays in the book. There will be a book signing with Mr.…
The Taragaon Hostel in the 1970s. Photo: Carl Pruscha archive.

Salam Atta Sabri’s ‘Letters from Baghdad’ at the Kathmandu Triennale 2017

The Baghdad-based artist Salam Atta Sabri has been selected to show his series of drawings ‘Letters from Baghdad’ (2005- 2015) at the first edition of the Kathmandu Triennale, in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Triennale is a major new art fair in Nepal, which brings together international and Nepalese artists in contemporary and historic venues across the…
Omar Abdul Samad, studying cinema, and works in the field of theater and acting.Rasheed Street, baghdad, Iraq. May 21 2015.

Venice Conversations: War Reporter Ali Arkady Documents the Art Scene in Baghdad

Ali Arkady (b. 1982, Khanaqin) is a photographer and filmmaker from Khanaqin, Iraq. Since 2014, after the armed group ISIS invaded and took control of vast areas of northern Iraq Arkady has been reporting regularly from the frontline, embedded with the Kurdish forces and the Iraqi Security Forces. He has covered the recent operations to drive ISIS out of the…