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Iraqi photographers to exhibit their work at London art fair for first time

A group of contemporary Iraqi photographers, most of whom live and work in Iraq, are to have their work exhibited and made available for acquisition at Art16 art fair in London. The Ruya Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded to create international opportunities for, and foster recognition of, Iraqi contemporary artists, have partnered with Art16, marking the first occasion the 12 artists repped by the foundation can present their work at an international art fair, despite the foundation working with many of these artists for a number of years. They will be joined by artists such as Jamal Penjweny, born 1981, who exhibited in the Iraq Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, and Nadine Hattom, born 1980, whose work is on display as part of ‘Parallel Projects’ at the sixth edition of the Marrakech Biennale. The particular emphasis on photography in the presentation reflects how accessible the medium is for artists living in Iraq. Hattom and Penjweny are joined by Ayman Al Amiri, a Baghdad-based photographer who takes black-and-white photographs of street life in the city. Works from his series ‘Baghdad’s street workers’ (2013–2014) …


BJP Staff