Adel Abidin: Blueprint

Adel Abidin: Blueprint

Date: Monday 11 Mar, 2013 - Sunday 16 Jun, 2013
Time: 12:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block (E), Third Floor (Maraya Art Gallery) Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Curated By: Sara Raza

Maraya Art Centre is proud to present the unique exhibition Blueprint by renowned Finnish-Iraqi artist Adel Abidin, curated by Sara Raza Maraya’s London based associate curator. Blueprint employs informal architecture and sound to create a large scale interactive drawing. Transforming the gallery into a mock factory, this powerful new work explores the manufactured and globalised nature of  “Arab” identity in a post-Arab Spring era and raises important questions during this time of great transition.

Blueprint is intended to be an ironic visual cultural assessment of the multi faceted and complex nature of Arab identity with Abidin arguing that “all identities are man made and comparable to factory production.  As a visual artist I am interested in how these identities are being managed and produced.”

The exhibition’s title echoes the architectural and engineering practice of producing an actual blueprint, which Abidin adapts by creating a technical drawing for a machine that one would ordinarily find in an industrial factory.  This drawing is further punctuated by a powerful animated sound element especially engineered to contribute to an overbearing and exaggerated factory ambiance. Ultimately, the exhibition Blueprint aims to visually address the absurdities of manufactured identities and their subsequent distribution for global consumption.

A full English and Arabic translation color catalogue will be printed with an introduction by Maraya Art Centre’s manager Giuseppe Moscatello and curatorial text by Sara Raza. An education and outreach program will also take place for general visitors, school and university groups to engage and comment on the exhibition.

Artist’s Bio

As a video, installation and photography Adel Abidin’s multi-media practice explores the complex relationships between culture, politics, and identity. Using a sharp palette of irony and humor Abidin gravitates towards social situations dealing with elusive experiences and cultural alienation. Abidin uses his cross-cultural background to create a distinct visual language often laced with sarcasm and paradox, while maintaining his ultimately humanistic approach.

Abidin was born in Baghdad in 1973 and currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. He has exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions including the Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art, the Centre of Contemporary Art, Salamanca, the 10th Sharjah Biennale, and 52nd Venice Biennale. In 2011, he presented new work in a string of solo exhibitions at Darat al-Funun in Amman, Gallerie Anne de Villepoix in Paris, and Wharf: Centre D’art Contemporain De Basse, Normandy. He also exhibited his critically acclaimed video installation, Consumption of War, at the Iraq Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. In addition recent 2012 exhibitions have included: L’institut du Monde Arabe, a major solo show at Arter in Istanbul and at Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland as well as being selected to participated in the Arab Express group show at The Mori Art Museum.