When: Saturday 02 Mar, 2019 05:00 p.m. - Saturday 25 May, 2019 08:30 p.m.
Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Maraya Art Centre is excited to be continuing its partnership with UAE Unlimited to create the 2019 edition of the annual exhibition that showcases the work of emerging UAE-based artists. The exhibition, curated by Maraya Art Centre curator Laura Metzler, will be entitled "Tashweesh: Material Noise" and will look at everyday material culture. The exhibition will take place from 2 March to 25 May, 2019.
Keeping with the unique format of mentorship that UAE Unlimited has adopted since its inception in 2015, Dubai-based Emirati artist Nujoom Alghanem has been selected as the guest artist and has worked in an advisory and mentoring capacity to develop new artworks for the exhibition. Alghanem has been an active member of the U.A.E. art community since the early 1980s and has developed a practice that spans from visual arts to poetry and filmmaking.
“Providing continuous development opportunities for emerging artists in the UAE is very much a common goal between UAE Unlimited and Maraya Art Centre” said Dr. Nina Heydemann, Director of Maraya Art Centre. “We are continually looking for new ways to provide support to emerging artists in the form of exhibition opportunities, public programs and being directly involved in commissioning six new works for the art collection of UAE Unlimited this year is a privilege.”
The partnership between Maraya Art Centre and UAE Unlimited began in 2016 with the exhibition Al Haraka Baraka (In Movement There is Blessing), curated by Dr. Alexandra MacGilp. The platform does not only offer emerging U.A.E.-based artists the opportunity to work with more established artists to create works of relevance to the local area, but it also allows their work to be shown in significant exhibitions.
The emphasis on learning and exchange extends curatorially as well, and this year, UAE Unlimited has added to the program the opportunity for an aspiring curator to take on the role of curatorial assistant and to work closely with the team as the commissioned artworks and the exhibition are developed.
“UAE Unlimited is delighted to return to Maraya Art Centre to collaborate with them on the 5th Edition of our Annual Exhibition for Emerging Artists,” said Shobha Pia Shamdsani, Executive Director of UAE Unlimited. “The success of our exhibitions has surpassed our expectations, and has propelled us to develop our mission further. This year the addition of the "Curatorial Assistant" role expands this initiative, allowing one talented individual to be immersed in all aspects of the work of a Curator. Exhibition making has many complex layers, and we feel it's important that young individuals have a better understanding of the professions involved.”
In keeping with previous years, the March 2019 exhibition has a central theme — everyday materials and systems. The artists are examining the white noise in our daily lives – those subtle yet ever present moments that would normally escape our everyday attention, but are an inherent part of it. The exhibition looks at a magnification of these moments in order to understand our perception of the everyday better and sensitize us for the ordinary as well as extraordinary moments in daily life. The artists include Mona Ayyash (Palestine – U.A.E. ), Ayesha Hadhir (U.A.E.), Rawdha Al Ketbi (U.A.E.), Zara Mahmood (Pakistan – U.A.E. ), Hashel Al Lamki (U.A.E.), and Tor Seidel (Germany - U.A.E.).
UAE Unlimited, supported by His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, is a platform focused on nurturing the new generation of Emirati and U.A.E.-based artists. The platform aims to support artists by assisting them in the creation and production of new projects alongside organising exhibitions to provide them with national and international exposure and opportunities for wider representation at this stage in their careers.
Read more about the recent announcement of Nujoom Al Ghanem representing the UAE at the Venice Biennale 2019 here: link