Collectivity: Objects and Associations in the U.A.E. Art World


Date: Thursday 15 Jun, 2017 - Saturday 19 Aug, 2017
Time: 09:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates , United Arab Emirates

Collectivity: Objects and Associations in the UAE Art World

Curated by Laura Metzler

15 June – 19 August, 2017


“All artistic work, like all human activity, involves the joint activity of a number, often a large number of people. Through their cooperation the art work we eventually see or hear comes to be and continues to be. The work always shows signs of that cooperation.”

Howard S Becker, Art Worlds, 1984

Collectivity is an exhibition that brings together artworks and objects lent from personal collections across the United Arab Emirates. Rather than being acquired from collectors, institutions, or artists, the traditional faces of the art world, they are from the people who carry out the everyday labor that make the production, circulation, and interpretation of art possible within the county. It’s an inversion of the relationships we generally explore, a focus shift that allows for another way of understanding what ties us together as a community and industry.


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