Date: Saturday 29 Jul, 2017
Venue: Bank Street, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Maraya Art Centre, continues to enrich Sharjah’s cultural landscape, literally, with a life-size mural by MYNEANDYOURS. Jedariya, the live outdoor street art initiative presents a street artist to bring to life and beautify areas of the city with their signature style, bold colours and inspiration they find from Sharjah.

Born and raised in London, Iraqi Marwan Shakarchi moved to Dubai a year ago to pursue a career in the arts where he came up with the image of a cloud caricature with ‘x’s for eyes. The symbol that he has been using to represent his practice and has since become synonymous with the artist himself and various marketing elements such as stickers, postcards and key chains.

Interested in symbol repetition, Shakarchi likes to leave his mark on new surfaces, leaving people who come across it something to think about. Now with a much, much larger canvas, he hopes that his symbol will “open up a dialogue with the public, to inspire them to dream big, and to brighten up their day with strong colours, and a positive message.” 

The final product consisted of  colourful clouds rising from the ground to the sky against a grey backdrop, with lines which follow them representing motion, which in turn signify people’s motion to develop and move forward. This, he says, also reflects in all great initiatives, industries and cities, in particular art in Sharjah and the UAE.