Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development
2 March – 25 May, 2019
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates – Maraya Art Centre opens the exhibition Tashweesh: Material Noise on Saturday 2 March, which is an exhibition commissioned by UAE unlimited and supported by The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.
The event started with opening remarks by H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the founder and patron of UAE Unlimited, and H.E Noura bint Mohammed Al Khaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, and H.E Marwan Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority – (Shurooq).
H.E Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, has expressed her delight to be part of the opening of “Tashweesh”, an exhibition commissioned by UAE Unlimited and in collaboration with Maraya Art Centre. She assured that the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development supports all cultural and creative events and initiatives that contribute to the arts and culture scene within the country.
Noura Al Kaabi said: “The exhibition “Tashweesh” provides a platform to exhibit the works of emerging artists, and creates an opportunity for them through presenting their work for the local audience, and creating a discourse about modern art in the region”
She added: “Tashweesh is an example on fruitful collaborations of art and cultural organisations in the country to discover talents and promote them in local exhibitions, which paves the way to build national talents that are able to produce a unique cultural and artistic artworks that are able to compete in international events”
The exhibition, curated by Maraya Art Centre curator Laura Metzler, will run until 25 May, 2019 and features new works by 6 UAE-based artists as well as a new multi-media installation by guest artist and mentor Nujoom Al Ghanem.
The six artists—Mona Ayyash, Ayesha Hadhir, Rawdha Al Ketbi, Hashel Al Lamki, Zara Mahmood, and Tor Seidel—created works for the exhibition that responded to the idea of everyday material noise, taking inspiration from the environment around us and looking for elements that are often overlooked. In Arabic, Tashweesh, refers to white noise in a technical sense, applied to radios and televisions, but can also be a type of mental disruption or confusion, a result of being overwhelmed. The exhibition then transcribes this onto the physical world. The artists’ responses, then, are seen as individual frequencies and voices, each with their own practice and methods that become a visual consideration of the variety of modes of art making that are present in the U.A.E.
Dubai-based guest artist, Nujoom Al Ghanem played an integral role in mentoring the commissioned artists and providing guidance to help grow their practices, continuing the emphasis on mentorship that has been at the heart of the platform since its inception. She led sessions that allowed for the younger artists to experience the rich blending of video, poetry, and visual art that are foundational to her own practice and to explore new paths for their own projects. In addition to these sessions, a workshops were conducted on art writing and photography by Dubai-based writer and curator Laura Egerton and Abu Dhabi based artist Tarek Al Ghoussein. Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian also opened the program with two introductory sessions at their home and studio and extended their role from last year’s guest artists to become ongoing Art Practice Advisors for U.A.E. Unlimited.
This year’s edition has also added the role of curatorial assistant which has allowed for Iman Vakil, a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, to work with the exhibition curator year-round to gain hands on experience in exhibition making.
The works that are part of the exhibition are:
Mona Ayyash uses existing sports footage to think about boredom, slowness, and what’s happening when nothing is happening. The chosen scenes particularly are looking at group sports and their choreography, continuously looping small segments.
Ayesha Hadhir is presenting a new installation inspired by the history of diving in her family and the relationship with algae at a specific site off of Al Dibhya Island where her father taught her how to dive. She is also commissioning a performance in collaboration with Camilla Singh, an Abu Dhabi based performance artist that thinks about entanglement.
Rawdha Al Ketbi uses found objects to piece together the story of a mysterious figure, Rafi, who has been showing up to her in pieces in and abandoned location in Abu Dhabi. Her latest work is a goodbye as she found the site demolished when she went back to search for more clues.
Hashel Al Lamki has created a seven panel acrylic painting that thinks about the process of having to drown out the noise around you, thinking about interruption and the continual journey of production.
Zara Mahmood documented the movement of light on ordinary surfaces, thinking of light as an artist and its impact on the world around us.
Tor Seidel created two pieces that start with natural soap varieties available in the UAE and think of them as an atlas of different communities and memories through scent.
About Maraya Art Centre
Established in 2006, Maraya Art Centre is a non-profit creative organization located in Sharjah, U.A.E, Maraya Art Centre offers innovative programmes through its multifaceted initiatives, and public outreach activities including workshops, lectures, talks and other art related events. Maraya Art Centre strives to support emerging artists and designers in a comprehensive way, providing opportunities for continual growth through research, exhibition and project development.
About UAE Unlimited
Established in 2015, UAE Unlimited is an Abu Dhabi-based satellite platform, supported by His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan – a prominent art patron, and a collector of the arts. It was co-founded with his Art Advisor, Shobha Pia Shamdasani, who also serves as the platform’s Executive Director. UAE Unlimited supports emerging Emirati and UAE-based artists by offering professional assistance in developing, producing, and promoting their work. This is done through strategic collaborations with art organisations and cultural practitioners across the country. The initiative thrives on creating opportunities and avenues for exposure for young talent, thereby contributing to the overall cultural production in the UAE.