The Trans-Indian Ocean Artists Exchange


Date: Thursday 01 Sep, 2016 - Monday 31 Oct, 2016
Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Venue: Kochi, India and Sharjah, U.A.E., United Arab Emirates

Maraya Art Centre is excited to announce its participation in an exchange programme between India and the UAE. This is Maraya Art Centre’s first exchange programme with India and it’s first collaboration with the Kochi Biennale Foundation, host of the largest and longest contemporary art biennale in South East Asia.

Delighted to be supporting the project initiated by Mo Reda as an independent curator, Maraya Art Centre is participating as the local UAE partner. Mo Reda will direct and curate the project which begins in September 2016 and culminates in an exhibition in December during the Kochi-Muziris Biennale of 2016-2017. Emirati artist, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, has been selected by Maraya Art Centre as the artist-in-residence while the project curator and the Kochi Biennale Foundation have jointly selected Mohammed Kazem.

In early 2017, two prominent artists from India will partake in a residency hosted by Maraya Art Centre. The project seeks to reflect a new methodology of cultural and artistic dialogue between the regions while guarding the authenticity and autonomy of each participating artist in their practice process.


About Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim (1962) wasborn in Khorfakkan, UAE. He carries a degree in Psychologyfrom Al Ain University, and completed a residency at Le Consortium Art Centre in Dijon, France. Hiswork has beenexhibitedinternationally, including at theSharjahBiennial in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2007, the 2009 Venice Biennale, theKunstmuseum Bonn in 2005, theSharjah Art Museum in 1996 and 2005, the Dhaka Biennial in 1993 and 2002, Germany’s Ludwig Forum in 2002, the 2000 HavanaBiennial, the 1998 Cairo Biennial, theInstitut du Monde Arabe in 1998, Sittard Art Center in theNetherlands in 1995, and Moscow’s 1990 Exhibition of theEmirates Fine Art Society in the Soviet Union.

Mohammed Ibrahim received the First Prize for Sculpture at the Sharjah Biennial in 2001 and 1999. Hisworkis in significant collections, including Qatar’s Arab Museum of Modern Art, the Sharjah Art Museum and Sittard Art Center in theNetherlands.

About Mo Reda

Mo Reda (Mohamed Reda) is a Kuwait born Dutch artist and curator of Persian, Kurdish, and Russian heritage.Reda graduated from HKU Academy of the Arts Utrecht in 2006 specialising in performance art, installation, and drawing. His graduation project was awarded a prize for Best Monumental Work and he has received several national grants and a museum exhibition at the Armando Museum in 2009. In the same year Reda joined Zina platform, a theatre company under the artist leadership of internationally renowned artist and director Adelheid Roosen.

Reda returned to the Gulf in 2011/2012 for the first time since his departure in 1993 to collaborate with the Al-Riwaq Art Space (Bahrain) to curate and produce an open-air public festival Alwan 338 and a group show. In 2012/13, he collaborated with Albareh Gallery (Bahrain) to produce a needs-based artist leadership program and several highly-focused solo and group exhibitions with local artists. He also worked with Makkan Art Space (Amman, Jordan) and CAP (Kuwait) to produce several new projects based on performance art.

Reda is currently curating the first Middle East-focused exhibition at the Santa Cruz De La Sierra Biennale in Bolivia debuting in September 2016. The exhibition is in collaboration with the Barjeel Foundation.