Iraq’s Invisible Beauty.
On January 19th through to February 16th the Ruya Foundation will oversee the first re-staging of the Invisible Beauty exhibition in Iraq at the 18th Century Erbil Citadel. The first debut of Invisible Beauty attracted a gathering of more the 20,000 when showed at National Pavilion of Iraq at the Venice Biennale in 2015.
The Erbil Citadel was placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2014, and this exhibition will be the first international show in the space. International Beauty features five artists from Iraq, and their different mediums. It will also include more then 500 drawings by refugees in northern Iraq. The named artists are photographers Latif Al Ani, and Akam Shex Hadi, multimedia visual artist Rabab Ghazoul, ceramicist and sculptor Salam Atta Sabri and painter Haider Jabbar.
Invisible Beauty also has set focus on a second project. Ruya Notebooks will publish two educational notebooks yearly. In each book a curator or critic will select five texts to showcase. The texts will be available in Arabic and the notebook will be free for creative communities in the Middle East.