The Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2013 hosts a group exhibition curated by Jonathan Watkins comprising works by eleven contemporary Iraqi artists resident in Iraq. Working across a wide range of media, including photography, drawing, painting, video, installation, sculpture, and textiles, they represent two generations of artists from across the country and were selected after many studio visits, other meetings and much careful thinking.

The exhibition is at Ca' Dandolo, a 16th century building that has not been used as a pavilion before during a Venice Biennale. It insinuates Iraq into this first floor apartment, creating a salon atmosphere and interactive space where visitors can sit, read and learn about Iraqi culture and drink tea.


Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers of 2013

Ruya Chairwoman Tamara Chalabi and Ikon Director Jonathan Watkins have been named two of Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers of 2013. The issue is now available at newsstands and an interactive, digital edition of this year’s Global Thinkers list is available …