Art – The Place to Be

The city of Venice and Venice Biennale




With the biennale creating a buzz throughout the city this summer. Venice certainly is the place to be. Artists from all over the world will be presenting work curated by world renowned art professionals on specific themes and incorporating large scale installations. In particular, Iraq will be presenting work as well as the New Art Exchange under the #EM15 (it’s the first time the East Midlands will be represented) involving Tasawar Bashir as creative project director. The exhibition is open to the public until Sunday 26th July 2015.


Invisible Beauty – Iraq’s Pavilion

 The 56th International Art Exhibition takes place in various locations across the city of Venice including the Giardini and the Arsenale. The RUYA founda­tion is an Iraq-based organisation which promotes contemporary culture from Iraq. The foundation has commis­sioned the exhibition Invisible Beauty, for the Iraq Pavilion at the Biennale this summer. Invisible Beauty features five contemporary artists from across Iraq and the  diaspora: two generations of Iraqi photographers Latif Al-Ani and Akam Shex Hadi, performance artist Rabab Ghazoul, ceramicist and sculptor Salam Atta Sabri and painter Haider Jabbar. Over 500 drawings made by refugees in northern Iraq will also be on display. The title Invisible Beauty refers both to the unusual or unexpected subjects in the work that will be on display, as well as to the invisibility of Iraqi artists on the international stage. The exhibition reveals art generated by a country that has been subjected to war, genocide and the violation of human rights. The systematic demoli­tion of the cultural heritage of Iraq has made it more important than ever to focus on artists continuing to work in the country.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 22nd November 2015


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