The Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
RUYA is the commissioner of the Iraq Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale in May 2015. Philippe Van Cauteren, artistic director of S.M.A.K. Museum for Contemporary Art in Ghent has been appointed by RUYA to curate a pavilion that resonates with the rich scope of Iraqi identity extending beyond the country’s fragile borders. Van Cauteren is currently in conversation with a range of artists from various disciplines and he will finalise his vision for the exhibition after a trip to Iraq, organised and facilitated by RUYA. In 2013, RUYA commissioned Welcome to Iraq, the Iraq Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, a widely acclaimed exhibition which was the first to show the work of 11 artists living within Iraq and Kurdistan at an international art fair.