Selected Press

In the largely profit-driven contemporary art market, movement is afoot to establish non-profits to fill the blank space created by the commercial sector in favour of a more altruistic approach to art. One such non-profit organisation named RUYA MAPS launches come October.
— Harpers Bazaar Arabia


La Repubblica - D Elisa Pierandrei reviews the Heartbreak exhibition “una serie de opere il cui obiettivo e quello di aiutare a capire la ferocia della guerre” (‘a series of works whose goal is to help understand the ferocity of the war’).

Art Asia Pacific writes that “there’s heartbreak all over the world, though the traumas of war and exile still seem incomparably greater than the vicissitudes of romantic love” in its review of the exhibition.

Espoarte’s Francesca di Giorgio reviews Heartbreak for the Italian paper’s Venice Biennale special.

The Paper includes Heartbreak in its round-up of the 58th Venice Biennale’s exhibitions.

Selections describes Heartbreak as “a reminder of the tendency of history to continually repeat itself, a reminder of the pain, suffering and heartbreak humans inflict on one and other” in its roundup of collateral exhibitions.

Le Monde Art critic Phillipe Dagen writes “ainsi sait-on dès l’entrée que l’on pénètre dans une exposition qui a été réfléchie - une rareté désormais. Une géométrie douloureuse.” From the entrance, we know that we are entering a well thought out exhibition that has been reflected - a rarity now. A painful geometry.

AnOther cites Heartbreak’s “use of ancient stories like that of Dido and Aeneas” as “eviden[ce] that communication is key this year” at the Venice Biennale.

Kayhan Life Tim Cornwell covers the presence of Iranian artists at the Biennale, including Heartbreak’s Maryam Hoseini, and highlights Lana Čmajčanin’s comission .

YT lists Ca’ del Duca’s Heartbreak exhibition on its guide to Biennale sites.

Xuehua features Heartbreak on its Biennale guide.

Sohu includes Heartbreak in its Biennale round up.

AnOther includes Heartbreak’s “reactive exhibition” in its ‘best things to see’ at the Venice Biennale.

Vogue International Director, Tamara Chalabi, offers tips for Vogue’s insider’s guide to the Venice Biennale; also published on Vogue Brasil, Vogue Taiwan and Vogue España.

The National Melissa Gronlund reviews ‘Heartbreak’, and comments on the need for an organisation like Ruya Maps, that take a lateral approach to conflict zones.

The Art Newspaper Gareth Harris, chief contributing editor for The Art Newspaper, chooses Heartbreak as one of his picks for the 58th Venice Biennale.



Smithsonian MagazineProject to Create Opportunities for Artists Living in Conflict Zones. Ruya Maps will stage exhibitions, talks and commissions for artists working in countries often overlooked by the Western market.”

Art Review “Ruya Foundation launches new global arts initiative.”

It’s Nice ThatRuya Maps will introduce culture from areas of political instability into the art world.”

FriezeNew Ruya Maps Initiative Shines Light on Artists Working in Conflict Zones.”

Art RadarUK debut of Venezuelan artist Pepe López marks Ruya Foundation’s international expansion.”

The Art Newspaper “Artists in conflict zones get a global platform with new Ruya Maps initiative.”

Harpers Bazaar ArabiaHow Ruya Maps Will Promote Artists From Areas Of Conflict.”

Art DailyInternational arts non-profit Ruya Maps launches.”

Inside ArtRuya Maps, una piattaforma per gli artisti nelle zone di guerra.”

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