Tashweesh: Material Noise

Tashweesh: Material Noise

Date: Saturday 02 Mar, 2019 - Saturday 24 Aug, 2019
Time: 05:00 p.m. - 08:30 p.m.
Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block (E), Third Floor (Maraya Art Gallery) Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Curated By: Laura Metzler

Tashweesh: Material Noise is the fifth edition of the annual exhibition of UAE Unlimited, founded and patroned by His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, and is the second collaboration between UAE Unlimited and Maraya Art Centre, and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.

The title of the exhibition “Tashweesh”, running from 2 March to 25 May, is a word in Arabic that is often associated with technology and sound, most accurately translated to white noise. It is a compilation of frequencies that become indecipherable when played together, fading into the background without giving preference to any particular wavelength. This became a way of looking at the importance of communities and physical environments, and how they are constructed around us.

The prompt for the artists in particular was to use the environment around them and to actively shift the channel to look at everyday structures and systems that are so common and incorporated in our daily lives to the extent that that they have ceased to be considered interesting or considered at all. To this end, we chose artists with practices that thought about materials in different ways and wanted to play with the nature of the project.

The six artists that are part of the exhibition, along with the guest artist and mentor Nujoom Al Ghanem, who will be representing the United Arab Emirates in 2019 Venice Biennial, are:

Mona Ayyash uses existing sports footage to think about boredom, slowness, and what’s happening when nothing is happening. The chosen scenes particularly are looking at group sports and their choreography, continuously looping small segments.

Ayesha Hadhir is presenting a new installation inspired by the history of diving in her family and the relationship with algae at a specific site of Al Dibhya Island where her father taught her how to dive. She is also commissioning a performance in collaboration with Camilla Singh, an Abu Dhabi based performance artist that thinks about entanglement.

Rawdha Al Ketbi uses found objects to piece together the story of a mysterious figure, Rafi, who has been showing up to her in pieces in and abandoned location in Abu Dhabi. Her latest work is a goodbye as she found the site demolished when she went back to search for more clues.

Hashel Al Lamki has created a seven panel acrylic painting that thinks about the process of having to drown out the noise around you, thinking about interruption and the continual journey of production.

Zara Mahmood documented the movement of light on ordinary surfaces, thinking of light as an artist and its impact on the world around us.

Tor Seidel created two pieces that start with natural soap varieties available in the UAE and think of them as an atlas of different communities and memories through scent.

Guest artist and mentor Nujoom Al Ghanem created a new multi-media installation titled “Around Us”, which looks at the moments where the artist crossed paths with those who left a legacy in her mind and memories she couldn’t erase.