This October will see the launch of RUYA MAPS, a UK registered non-profit organisation which will work with visual artists in areas of social or political instability globally. A sister organisation of the Iraqi-based Ruya Foundation, best known for commissioning the Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, RUYA MAPS will run projects internationally. The programme will launch with an exhibition of Venezuelan artist Pepe López at the Fitzrovia Chapel, London running from 14 October – 26 October 2018.
RUYA MAPS’ diverse programme will combine a series of international exhibitions, introducing culture generated in areas of discord to new global audiences, with accessible projects taking place in areas currently or recently affected by political or military conflicts, including refugee camps. Projects will include artist commissions, workshops, talks and collaborations with local initiatives. RUYA MAPS will also produce original digital content, as well as print publications, to further expand the reach of its activities.
The overall aims of the programme are to enable artists working in areas of discord to participate in international cultural exchange and to encourage a wider understanding of global challenges through the testimony of real-time, creative witnesses. RUYA MAPS is designed to address specific needs, identified by the Ruya Foundation whilst carrying out its unique work in Iraq, that were found to be applicable internationally.