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ArtReview

ArtReview speaks to Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo, Co-curators of the Iraq Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

Financial Times

Ruya's Iraq Office Director, Furat al Jamil, spoke to the Financial Times about young artists living and working in Iraq.

Harper’s Bazaar Art

Ruya's recent projects and initiatives are featured in the September 2016 issue of Harper's Bazaar Art.

Artribune

The Artribune reports that Ruya Co-founder Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo will co-curate the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 57th Venice Biennale.

The Art Newspaper

The Art Newspaper includes the Ruya Foundation in their summary of how artists and museums are addressing the refugee crisis.

The Arab Weekly

Ruya Foundation's participation in Art16 was featured in The Arab Weekly.

Zoersel Magazine

An interview with artist Haider Jabbar was featured in Zoersel Magazine on the occasion of his solo exhibition in Sint-Antonius, Zoersel. Jabbar speaks of his work being included in 'Invisible Beauty' the exhibition commissioned for the Iraq Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, which is currently on show at S.M.A.K in Ghent.

Niqash

Niqash spotlights the ongoing work of Ruya to create international opportunities for, and foster recognition of, Iraqi contemporary artists.

Gazet Van Antwerpen

An interview with artist Haider Jabbar was featured in the Gazet Van Antwerpen on the occasion of his solo exhibition in Sint-Antonius, Zoersel. Jabbar speaks of his work being included in 'Invisible Beauty' the exhibition commissioned for the Iraq Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, which is currently on show at S.M.A.K in Ghent.    

The Art Newspaper

Ruya Foundation was featured as a highlight of Art16, the London Global Art Fair in The Art Newspaper.    

How to Spend It, FT

Iraqi artists Ahmad Abdul Razzaq, Dilan Abdin, Julie Adnan are amongst those mentioned in the Financial Times's How To Spend It, which highlights Ruya's booth at Art16.

Hyperallergic

Tamara Chalabi talks about the Ruya Artist Database and the intentions of the platform with Hyperallergic.

The Art Newspaper

The Art Newspaper reports on the launch of the Ruya Artist Database.

The Art Newspaper

Ruya Foundation's research trip in Northern Iraq with the artist Francis Alys appears in The Art Newspaper.

Paleett Magazine

Paleett Magazine features Ruya's exhibition in the British Embassy in the International Zone, curated and organised in partnership with the Canadian Embassy.

CNN Style

On the occasion of Latif Al Ani being honoured as a 2015 Prince Claus Laureate, CNN profiles the photographer, mentioning his presentation at the Iraq Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.

The Art Newspaper

The Art Newspaper spotlights the ongoing work of Francis Alÿs and Ai Weiwei with Ruya in Iraqi refugee camps, with quote from Tamara Chalabi.

Harper’s Bazaar Art (UK)

Tamara Chalabi and Reem Shather-Kubba talk about Ruya and its current projects in the November 2015 issue of Harper's Bazaar Art.

The Christian Science Monitor

Report from The Christian Science Monitor on the first edition of "Ruya Labs", a series of art workshops for artists and art students of Baghdad. The first instalment invited the curator of folk and traditional music Rolf Killius to create the sound art project "Wahid Baghdad", where participants used contemporary sounds from the city to think the heritage of traditional Iraqi music.

AFP

AFP reports on Ruya's drama therapy project with a group of teenage girls from a Baghdad orphanage.

L’Obs

Ruya's drama therapy work with young Iraqi orphans on French news magazine L'Obs.

BBC News

Tim Allman from BBC News presents a video report on Ruya's drama therapy performance.

The Art Newspaper

The Art Newspaper discusses Ai Weiwei's work with refugees, including his collaboration with Ruya for Traces of Survival: Drawings by Refugees in Iraq Selected by Ai Weiwei, and an interview with Tamara Chalabi.

Nafas Art Magazine

An extract from Letter to Tamara Chalabi by Philippe Van Cauteren, first published in the Invisible Beauty exhibition catalogue (Ruya Foundation and Mousse Publishing).

The Guardian

Rabab Ghazoul speaks to The Guardian about her plans for a three day arts festival around the Chilcot Inquiry, after taking part in the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia

Ruya chairman Tamara Chalabi writes about art in Iraq, the theme of Invisible Beauty, and commissioning the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Artsy

The Pavilion of Iraq's exhibitions Invisible Beauty and Traces of Survival feature in Artsy.

Canvas

Pavilion artist Akam Shex Hadi features in the summer issue of Canvas among works by Bruce Naumann and Christoph Buchel, in a review of the 56th Venice Biennale.

Il Manifesto

Il Manifesto interviews photographer Latif al Ani about his work, Baghdad in the 50s, 60s and 70s and his participation at the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Monopol

Monopol features the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale, and Ruya Foundation's collaboration with Ai Weiwei in Traces of Survival: Drawings by Refugees in Iraq Selected by Ai Weiwei.

Canvas

Interview with curator Philippe Van Cauteren about the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Diptyk

The Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale features Moroccan art magazine, Diptyk.

Handelsblatt

Handelsblatt features curator Philippe Van Cauteren and his work on the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

How To Spend It, FT

Pavilion artist Latif al Ani's photographs, and Ruya Foundation's publication Traces of Survival: Drawings by Refugees in Iraq Selected by Ai Weiwei, were listed in the Collector's Highlights of the 56th Venice Biennale in the Financial Times's How To Spend It.

Paleett

Iraqi art magazine Paleett features the artists from Invisible Beauty, the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale as well the publication Traces of Survival: Drawings by Refugees in Iraq Selected by Ai Weiwei.

ArtAsiaPacific

Critic and gallerist Jolaine Frizzell reviews the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Modern Weekly

In its review of the 56th Venice Biennale, the Hong Kong magazine Modern Weekly explores the role of conflict in the Pavilion of Iraq.

BBC, Alastair Sooke

Art critic Alastair Sooke speaks to artists Akam Shex Hadi and Haider Jabbar about their work, life as an artist in Iraq and their participation at the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale. "It is heartening to hear that the courageous Iraqi artists exhibiting in Venice are still prepared to stand up for the forces of civilisation," he writes for the BBC.

Al Mada

Al Mada features the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Huffington Post

A review of the 56th Venice Biennale which also discusses the significance of art and conflict in the Pavilion of Iraq.

FAD

Crystal Bennes and Thomas Jefferies discuss Rabab Ghazoul's work and the Pavilion of Iraq in their review of the 56th Venice Biennale.

Apollo

In her review of the 56th Venice Biennale for Apollo, critic Laura Gascoigne writes: "In the Iraq Pavilion, a roomful of works by Salam Atta Sabri ... restored my faith in the expressive power of drawing".

Le Monde

Philippe Dagen explores the role of art and conflict in the Pavilions of Iraq and Armenia at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Le Monde

Photographer Latif al Ani's portrayal of Baghdad in the 50s and 60s, and his participation in Ruya's Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale features in Le Monde.

ArtNow Pakistan

ArtNow Pakistan features the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale, as well as the artists selected for the exhibition.

Mousse Magazine

Lovely photographs of the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale in Mousse Magazine, by Mathias Depardon.

New York Times

“When there’s so much else being destroyed, this is also one way of trying to preserve culture.” Farah Nayeri speaks to Ruya chairman Tamara Chalabi about the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale, in a front page feature for the New York Times, as well as the International New York Times edition.

CNN

Critic Colin Gleadell writes the Pavilion of Iraq, and the general concern with human rights and oppression at the 56th Venice Biennale.

The Very Best of Venice, Apollo

Tom Jeffries picks the Pavilion of Iraq as one of the top five shows at the 56th Venice Biennale. He cites artist Rabab Ghazoul's It's a long way back (Chilcot Inquiry), 2015, as a highlight of the exhibition.

The National

David D'Arcy speaks to artist Salam Atta Sabri about his series, Letters from Baghdad, and to curator Philippe Van Cauteren about the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Das Erst, ARD

Das Erst speaks to photographer Latif al Ani in a special report on the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

La Razon

In a review of the 56th Venice Biennale, La Razon looks at the role of art and conflict in the Pavilion of Iraq.

Diari ARA

Catalunian daily paper Diari ARA reviews the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Exibart

The Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale features in Exibart.

The Daily Telegraph

Latif al Ani's photograph of an American couple at Cestiphon, Iraq (1965), and the exhibition of his work in the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale features in the Daily Telegraph's Viewfinder.

The Guardian

Culture writer Charlotte Higgins writes about artist Haider Jabbar's work at Pavilion of Iraq in her review of the 56th Venice Biennale.

Berliner Zeitung

The Pavilion of Iraq appears in a review of the 56th Venice Biennale.

BBC News

Pavilion artist Rabab Ghazoul features in this BBC News report on artists from Wales at the 56th Venice Biennale. Rabab was also interviewed by BBC Radio Wales about her work on the Chilcot Inquiry for the Pavilion of Iraq.

The Art Newspaper

"The rise of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) and the Chilcot Inquiry, the British investigation into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, are among the subjects explored by the artists participating in the Iraqi Pavilion," writes Gareth Harris.

ArtReview

Online exclusive interview with Philippe Van Cauteren, curator of the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale. Van Cauteren speaks to ArtReview about his plans for Venice, and what it means to 'represent' a country at the Biennale.

Der Spiegel

Feature on artist Haider Jabbar and his work for the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Die Welt

Curator Philippe Van Cauteren writes to Die Welt about his research in Iraq and his vision for the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Apollo

Apollo selects the Pavilion of Iraq as one of the highlights of the 56th Venice Biennale in its preview of the exhibition and fair.

Christie’s Magazine

Ruya Foundation chairman Tamara Chalabi talks to Christie's Magazine about art in Iraq, and Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Canvas

Preview of the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

GQ

In a preview of the 56th Venice Biennale, GQ speaks to Ruya Foundation chairman Tamara Chalabi about the Pavilion of Iraq.

Il Manifesto

Il Manifesto, a daily Italian newspaper, writes about the role of photography, art and conflict in Invisible Beauty, the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Foundations in Venice, Financial Times

Gareth Harris speaks to Ruya Foundation co-founder Reem Shather-Kubba about the role of non-profit cultural organisations at the Venice Biennale, and the importance of visibility at the exhibition.

ArtReview

ArtReview's feature on transnationalism in contemporary art also considers the role of the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th and 56th Venice Biennale.

Wall Street Journal

Mary M. Lane's preview of the 56th Venice Biennale and Okwui Enwezor's vision for the exhibition, also includes artist Latif al Ani's participation in the Pavilion of Iraq.

The Art Newspaper

In his preview of the 56th Venice Biennale, critic Gareth Harris writes about art that stems from horror and despair, and speaks to Ruya chairman Tamara Chalabi about art and conflict, and Pavilion of Iraq.

Afternyne

The arts and lifestyle magazine Afternyne featured Ruya's programme and artists for the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Jane Arraf, The Guardian

Journalist Jane Arraf on the lives of artists in Baghdad, and Ruya Foundation's work to support them.

Artinfo

Artinfo looks at the five artists selected for the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale, as well as Ruya's collaboration with Ai Weiwei on a major publication, Traces of Survival: Drawings by Refugees in Iraq Selected by Ai Weiwei.

Artnet

Ruya Foundation announces its plans and selected artists for the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Afternyne

The arts and lifestyle magazine featured Ruya's collaboration with Ai Weiwei on a major publication, Traces of Survival: Drawings by Refugees in Iraq Selected by Ai Weiwei.

BBC Radio Four Front Row

Broadcaster Kirsty Lang explores the contemporary arts scene in Iraq, and speaks to Ruya's chairman Tamara Chalabi and curator Philippe Van Cauteren.

ArtNews

Ruya Foundation announces the theme of Invisible Beauty, and a collaboration with Ai Weiwei on a major publication, for the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Artnet

Artnet speaks to Ruya chairman Tamara Chalabi about the Pavilion of Iraq and Ruya's activities in light of the "cultural cleansing" by the Islamic State in Nineveh and Nimrud.

The Art Newspaper

Ruya's comprehensive and unique database of artists living within and outside of Iraq features in The Art Newspaper as a research tool for curators and art professionals.

La Libre Belgique

La Libre Belgique speaks to Philippe Van Cauteren about his trip to Baghdad, organised by Ruya to curate the Pavilion of Iraq and to host a symposium on international contemporary art.

The Observer

Critic Laura Cummings lists Ruya's artist Jamal Penjweny's Iraq is Flying series as one of the 10 best artworks of 2014. She writes: "This photograph has stayed with me all year, growing ever more resonant".

Artforum

Ruya appointed Philippe Van Cauteren, artistic director of S.M.A.K, Gent, as curator of the Pavilion of Iraq for the 56th Venice Biennale.

Artinfo

Ruya appointed Philippe Van Cauteren as curator of the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale.

ArtReview

Announcement in ArtReview about Philippe Van Cauteren's appointment as curator of the Pavilion of Iraq for the 56th Venice Biennale.

The Economist

The Economist writes about Ruya artist Jamal Penjweny's work in Here and Elsewhere, a group exhibition of contemporary art from the Middle East at the New Museum, New York: "Mr Penjweny’s premise is that the memory of a dictator, whether good or bad, persists after his death. The exhibition too, leaves a lasting impression and confirms how art can create a historical record".

Vogue Daily

Vogue recommends Here and Elsewhere, a group show of contemporary art from the Middle East, which includes Ruya's artist Jamal Penjweny.

Artnews

In light of Jamal Penjweny's participation in Here and Elswhere, an exhibition of contemporary art from the Middle East at the New Museum, New York, Artnews looks at Ruya's Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale as a catalyst for the emergence of art from Iraq in the international art scene.

Canvas

Ruya's chairman Tamara Chalabi looks at Iraqi art, from its ancient golden age to its uncertain future, in an op-ed for Canvas.

BBC News

BBC News report on Ruya's Welcome to Iraq exhibition at the South London Gallery, London.

Time Out London

The global going out guide recommends Ruya's Welcome to Iraq exhibition at the South London Gallery, London.

The Londonist

The Londonist, an online guide for London, recommends Ruya's Welcome to Iraq exhibition at the South London Gallery, UK.

The Independent

Critic Zoe Pilger reviews Ruya's Welcome to Iraq exhibition at the South London Gallery, London.

Asharq Al-Aswat

Artist and filmmaker Furat al Jamil in her studio, working on Baghdad Night, a short animation film co-produced by Ruya.

Al Arabiya News

Report on Furat al Jamil's short animation film Baghdad Night, co-produced by Ruya Foundation.

Frieze Magazine

"It is impossible to imagine what kind of challenges artists face in Iraq today, but this exhibition reveals a great spirit of resilience, improvisation and humour,” writes Frieze magazine’s co-editor Jennifer Higgie, in her review of the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Artforum

Critic and editor Negar Azimi reviews the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale. She writes: "the work of the pavilion is probably a faithful reflection of contemporary art in Iraq".

New York Times

“He made his living cutting hair in Baghdad, but art has always been his calling [...] he used to paint in the middle of the night to avoid the unnerving cacophony of sirens, horns and explosions.” The New York Times features Iraqi artist Bassim al Shaker, who took part in the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s films the Pavilion of Iraq in its selection four highlights at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Canvas

In a feature on the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale, Canvas writes: "With the support of Ruya, the Pavilion promises to show a vibrant, yet honest view of the arts scene in one of the world's most war-torn countries".

Qantara

In its special issue on Kurdistan, Qantara speaks to Jonathan Watkins about the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Elephant

Elephant magazine interviews curator Jonathan Watkins about contemporary art in Iraq in light of the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Tariq Al Shaab

Interview with Ruya's chairwoman Tamara Chalabi about the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

The National

David d'Arcy features artists Abdul Raheem Yassir and Basra-based collective WAMIs work at the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Al Adib

Spotlight on the 11 Iraqi artists invited to take part in Ruya's Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Al Mada

The Pavilion of Iraq, as well as the 11 artists who took part in the exhibition commissioned by Ruya Foundation, are featured in Al Mada.

Al Alam

Report on the Pavilion of Iraq and the presence of Iraqi artists at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Reuters

Reuter's selects the Pavilion of Iraq as one of the highlights of the 55th Venice Biennale.

BBC News

Curator Jonathan Watkins talks about the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale to BBC News.

Brownbook

In its special issue, the Middle Eastern Guide to the 55th Venice Biennale, Brownbook showcases Pavilion of Iraq, and how the show recreates the ambiance of an Iraqi salon.

Artinfo

Artinfo speaks to curator Jonathan Watkins about the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

BBC World

Arts editor Will Gompertz speaks to artist Jamal Penjweny in a report on the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale, for BBC World's Outlook programme. (Starts at 32 mins 50 s.)

Aswat Al Iraq

Report by Erfan Rashid on the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Kunstforum

Kunstforum features the Pavilion of Iraq in its special issue on the 55th Venice Biennale.

Al Arabiya News

The 11 Iraqi artists who took part in the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale feature in Al Arabiya.

Monocle Radio

The Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale features in Monocle Radio.

Il Sole 24 Ore

A special report on Iraq and the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale, with an interview with Ruya's chairman, Tamara Chalabi (interview starts around 15mins in).

The Guardian

Arts writer Charlotte Higgins looks at Iraqi biscuits and the challenges of commissioning the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

The Financial Times

Critic Gareth Harris writes about the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale, and the importance of making Iraqi artists a part of the national circuit.

The Sunday Times

Feature on commissioner Tamara Chalabi and curator Jonathan Watkins' trip through Iraq, where they met artists in their studios, and invited them to be part of the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Foreign Policy Magazine

Ruya chairman Tamara Chalabi and curator Jonathan Watkins are named global thinkers of the year by Foreign Policy for Welcome to Iraq, the Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Le Quotidien de L’Art

Critic Roxana Azimi previews the national pavilions for the upcoming 55th Venice Biennale. She speaks to Ruya chairman Tamara Chalabi about fundraising for the Pavilion of Iraq, and the importance of keeping the exhibition independent from governmental institutions.

The New York Times

The New York Times reports the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 57th Venice Biennale will show the work of eight Modern and contemporary artists in dialogue with 40 ancient Iraqi artefacts drawn from the Iraq Museum, many of which have never been exhibited outside of Iraq. The exhibition, 'Archaic' has been organised by the Ruya Foundation and is curated Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo.