Ruya Foundation announces plans for National Pavilion of Iraq at 56th Venice Biennale 2015 and a collaboration with Ai Weiwei
The Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq (Ruya) is pleased to announce its plans for the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th Venice Biennale in May 2015. The exhibition, Invisible Beauty, will be curated by Philippe Van Cauteren, Artistic Director of S.M.A.K. (Museum for Contemporary Art). It will feature five contemporary Iraqi artists, two generations of Iraqi photographers, in the shape of Latif Al Ani and Akam Shex Hadi, visual artist Rabab Ghazoul, ceramicist and sculptor Salam Atta Sabri and painter Haider Jabbar. The exhibition will include new works that have been produced specifically for the exhibition as well as works that have been rediscovered after long periods of inattention.
To accompany the exhibition, a catalogue will be published by Mousse Publishing in association with the Ruya Foundation. The catalogue will include original contributions by Seamus Kealy, Tamara Chalabi, Lamia Al-Gailani Werr, Fares Haram, Karen McKinnon, Ali Bader, Luk Lambrecht, Sherko Bekas, Atyaf Rasheed and Philippe Van Cauteren.
TRACES OF SURVIVAL: Drawings by Refugees in Iraq selected by Ai Weiwei
The exhibition will also be accompanied by a display of drawings made by refugees in northern Iraq. World renowned artist Ai Weiwei has selected a number of these drawings for a major publication that will launch at the Biennale, TRACES OF SURVIVAL: Drawings by Refugees in Iraq selected by Ai Weiwei.
Curator: Philippe Van Cauteren, Artistic Director, S.M.A.K.
Commissioner: Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq
Local commissioner: Nuova Icona