Maraya Art Centre in Abu Dhabi Art 2017


Date: Wednesday 08 Nov, 2017 - Saturday 11 Nov, 2017
Time: 02:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Venue: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., United Arab Emirates

Maraya Art Centre will be participating at Abu Dhabi Art 2017 and will be located within the Abu Dhabi Art Community highlighting its latest initiative the “Maraya Project Space”, which introduced its first project at Souq Al Shanasiya in Sharjah by the Sharjah-based artist Ayman Zedani. The new initiative is to create a regular platform for artists to develop and exhibit focused projects throughout the year, where each will last four to six weeks. 

The first project is 4 by Ayman Zedani. He is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist, based in Sharjah, working with an advanced expressionist approach to produce increasingly minimalist work. With a lifelong interest in experimenting with chemicals, the eventual goal of opening a lab led him to pursue an undergraduate degree in biomedical science at Griffith University in Australia.

4 is the outcome of a 2 year experimentation in making a material as fragile as charcoal, turn solid and strong, challenging its own ephemerality. The installation is made of over sixty pieces and was installed in Souq Al Shanasiyah. Zedani has hand-carved charcoal pieces into wearable objects that relate to its tactile history, where charcoal as a material also serves as a reminder of the transformation the material has undergone. What was fragile and would crumble, can now withstand the battering of every day movements.

This work explores the symbolic aspect of the material, both in a physical and metaphysical sense. Charcoal is an amorphous form of carbon which is known as the chemical basis of all known life. It’s the fourth most abundant element in the universe and the second most abundant element in the human body. Carved into each one is a single straight light, which connects each piece into a larger circle. As they are purchased and worn, the pieces navigate through different lives, some potentially regularly connecting, others never to be reunited but all still part of a system. The location of where the project was first installed is also transformative, as each charcoal piece was initially purchased at the same souq and will be recirculated again in their new form.