The Ruya Shop, Baghdad, Iraq
Open Fridays and Saturdays, 10am – 7pm
Ikon screens Floating World, a programme of video work by British and international artists, at The Ruya Shop in Baghdad. Located on Mutanabbi Street, famous for its book market, the shop was recently opened by the Ruya Foundation in a brave attempt to make contemporary art, especially video and photography, accessible to a general public in Iraq. Ikon’s contribution comprises silent films that variously communicate the strangeness of everyday life, as if to suggest that human beings are aliens on Earth. Artists include Michel François (Belgium), Graham Gussin (UK), Dean Kelland (UK), Lutz and Guggisberg (Switzerland), Marko Mäetamm (Estonia), Shi Yong (China), Shimabuku (Japan), John Stezaker (UK), Beat Streuli (Switzerland), Cornelia Parker (UK), Noguchi Rika (Japan) and Gillian Wearing (UK). Organised in partnership with The Ruya Foundation.