“In Uncharted Territories: New Works by Tor Seidel”


Date: Thursday 24 Sep, 2020 - Thursday 28 Jan, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block (E), Second Floor (Maraya Art Gallery), United Arab Emirates

With seven newly created works on display, German artist Tor Seidel has contextualized the global pandemic from an artistic standpoint. Inviting the viewer to experience a shift in perception in times of crisis, the sound installation ‘Fall Silent’ showcases an immersive installation, recording the song of birds chirping in Sharjah, an experience that becomes menacing and uncanny. Addressing the notion of tapping in the dark with limited or ever changing information is reflected in further photographs. Headlines and phrases published in international newspapers and literal quotes from scientific articles after the outbreak of Covid-19 are combined in “Daily Records”, a large format wallpaper spanning one of the exhibition walls. Four photographs entitled “Flights” document the flight lines of airplanes leaving from Dubai before and after the pandemic. The exhibition also presents textile works addressing the aspect of social distancing and a display of soaps called “How to Wash Your Hands”. Lastly, the exhibition features a newly developed video work entitled “Breath”.

Curator Sven Christian Schuch said: "In Uncharted Territories is – as the title already indicates – is an emotional landscape in the form of an exhibition, finding artistic ways of reflection, insight and connecting to the uncanny, the deeper feelings within and a society in a time of uncertainty.”