The artist Haider Jabbar was one of the five selected artists for ‘Invisible Beauty,’ Iraq Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015. The Ruya Foundation supported the artist for two years from November 2014, while he was living as an asylum seeker in Samsun, Turkey and later as a refugee in Antwerp, Belgium. Ruya’s chairman Tamara Chalabi and Iraq Pavilion curator Philippe Van Cauteren visited Haider at his studio space in Samsun, and offered regular mentoring.
Haider Jabbar studied at the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad and now lives and works as an artist in Belgium. His solo show ‘Respiratory Care Unit’ (2013), Baghdad, depicted the hospital where his mother passed away from a terminal illness. His paintings for the Iraq Pavilion focused on those who have been killed by ISIS in Iraq and can be understood as a personal registration of human catastrophes. His work was exhibited in two re-stagings of ‘Invisible Beauty’ at S.M.A.K, Ghent and the Erbil Citadel, Erbil.