The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ruya Foundation launches Iraqi Contemporary Artist Database
The Ruya Artist Database will collate portfolios of a wide range of Iraqi visual artists working both in Iraq and across the diaspora.

LONDON.- The Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq (Ruya) announced the launch today of the first publically accessible online database of contemporary Iraqi artists. The Ruya Artist Database is a long term, ever-expanding project that will be a cornerstone to Ruya’s ongoing mission to promote the work of contemporary Iraqi artists internationally.

The Ruya Artist Database will collate portfolios of a wide range of Iraqi visual artists working both in Iraq and across the diaspora. Today’s launch marks the first presentation of a continuing process of outreach and collation, marked by Ruya’s dedicated efforts to reach out to artists, via research trips, workshops and Ruya projects, and to respond to unsolicited requests from across Iraq, from areas including Mosul and Basra.

The Ruya Artist Database will work to fulfill two main purposes. Firstly, it will provide Iraqi artists with a platform to communicate their work to an international audience of curators, collectors and art enthusiasts, providing particular support for those who may be prevented from doing so due to physical, cultural, financial or digital isolation. Secondly, it will allow curators, galleries and museums to be introduced to the work of many Iraqi artists unknown outside of Iraq. The Database will be accessible to all, from general users to art specialists.

The ambitious nature of the undertaking means that the Database will never be complete, but the Foundation hopes in time to develop as true a representation as possible of contemporary Iraqi artistic practice. The number of displaced artists working in Iraq provides an additional challenge to Ruya in identifying isolated artists.

The Ruya Artist Database will include artists working across a wide range of mediums, from painting, sculpture and ceramics – which represent both the classical approaches of Iraq’s art schools and contemporary responses to these approaches – to video art, installation art and digital art – which represent the engagement with international contemporary trends being seen amongst young Iraqi artists. Video artists such as Rawan al Mukhtar will sit alongside textile artists such as Dhuha al Khatib who reinvents traditional embroidery techniques. There will also be a marked presence of photographic artists, proportional to the strong position of photography as an accessible medium among young Iraqi artists. Photographer Julie Adnan is an example of a former photojournalist who now practices photography artistically, capturing conflict zones as well as commemoration sites.

With this breadth and range, Ruya also hopes that the Database will provide an ‘Art History’ of Iraq, not available to those schooled primarily in the western canon. In the context of the continued cultural destruction being visited on the artistic heritage of Iraq, the Database will also serve to function as an archive for the future, allowing a continued presence for the antiquities of tomorrow in the digital sphere.

Future plans for the Database include Ruya’s intention to expand it to include writers, musicians, filmmakers and other artistic practitioners not limited to the visual arts.

Tamara Chalabi, Chair of Ruya Foundation said: ‘The Ruya Artist Database is crucial for preserving Iraq’s heritage as well as its cultural future. At a time when cultural destruction and human loss is widespread in Iraq, the Database will function as a guardian and a compass.'

Today's News

April 12, 2016

"The Maya: Language of Beauty" opens at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin

The oldest glassworks ever found in Israel was a world center for glass production in antiquity

Nazi-pillaged "Portrait of a Man" by Bartholomeus van der Helst pulled from Vienna auction

Modigliani painting "Seated Man With A Cane" seized in Swiss probe after Panama Papers leak

Exhibition at Centre Pompidou features over two hundred and thirty works by Paul Klee

Francesco Hayez's Il Bacio headlines Christie's 19th Century European Art Sale

National Portrait Gallery to stage first major exhibition of Picasso portraits for twenty years

Exhibition at New-York Historical Society traces the rise of anti-semitism in Germany

Exhibition at Tate Britain traces the course of Conceptual Art in Britain from 1964-1979

Rubin Museum launches its first mobile app, allowing visitors to connect to Himalayan art

New treasures of history revealed in "Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia", at Winterthur

Ruya Foundation launches Iraqi Contemporary Artist Database

The 1954 Aston Martin DB35 raced by the great Stirling Moss offered at Bonhams

1930s fashion exhibition opens at Sudley House

Mother of Pearl and the others: Carin Ellberg exhibits at Andréhn-Schiptjenko

Frank Gehry, Ellen Phelan, Wayne Thiebaud, Diana Walker donate to FAPE

Modern Art Oxford appoints Emma Ridgway as Head of Programme

Pasternak's 'Zhivago' notes sells for $77,500 in New York

Vancouver Art Gallery's Art auction raises $1.2M

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art announces new Curator/Director of Public Programs

Peru prisoners launch fashion label behind bars

Anoushka Shankar hears Europe's refugees with sitar

New Director announced to lead Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful