The recent history of Iraq is marked most outstandingly, by tragedy. War, invasion, occupation and inner conflict have displaced thousands of people and cost countless lives. But in addition to the horrific effects on personal fates and social structures, the recent history of violence also left it’s marks on the milleniums-old cultural heritage of the country.
The Baghdad based Ruya foundation has declared it’s aim to „promote culture in Iraq at a time when priorities are focused elsewhere“. Ruya was founded in 2012 by author and historian Tamara Chalabi, advocate Reem Shather-Kubba and investment manager Shwan Ibrahim Taha and is a non-profit NGO focused on contemporary culture. They promote and support young Iraqi artists, who often have very limited access to the international art scene, providing funds and exhibitions.