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Taking the classical story of Dido and Aeneas as its starting point, the Heartbreak includes the work of nine contemporary artists, each exploring the theme of heartbreak. From personal to political, the works in ‘Heartbreak’ will align with RUYA MAPS’ mission to support artists working in, or concentrating on, areas of political instability, while addressing the need for a wider global conversation about loss, betrayal and exploitation.

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Map Your Heartbreak

How might heartbreak have affected your sense of place? RUYA MAPS’ interactive project Map Your Heartbreak reflects different experiences of heartbreak, from the classical Dido and Aeneas, to our contemporary artists. Its interactive map also includes crowd-sourced submissions - they could be the location of a national heartbreak, a family loss or a change in circumstances.

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Through a five part series the Heartbreak podcast will unpack different themes within the exhibition: Dido and Aeneas, Layla and Majnun, maps, war and nostalgia.
The first episode is available to listen to now. It features experts Professors Stephen Harrison (Corpus Christi, Oxford), Bryan White (Leeds University), Themelis Glynatsis (Greek National Opera) and Edith Hall (King’s College London). They discuss Virgil’s Dido and Aeneas - characters who form a central metaphor in the exhibition.

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