Maraya Art Centre to host contemporary art exhibition

Sharjah: This Thursday, curtain will raise on ‘Present’, a unique exhibition of contemporary art in which a number of Emirati Artists were challenged to create works that highlight the ideas and connotations behind the meaning of the word “Present”.

The exhibition is organised by Maraya Art Centre with support from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company -du.

The artists interpretations – presented in various mediums such as photography, paintings, installations and performances by spoken word artist Hala Ali – will be unveiled at the launch of the exhibition on 18th October. The Present exhibition will run until 28th November.

Speaking of the upcoming exhibition Giuseppe Moscatello, Maraya Art Centre Manager, said: “This exhibition is an attempt to capture the various meanings behind the word “present” through each artist’s individual expression and interpretation. The theme is timely and relevant as it embraces the present without denying the importance of the past”.

Artists participating in The Present include Shamma Al Amri, Zeinab Al Hashemi, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Sharifa Horaiz, Khawla Darwish, Farah Al-Qasimi, Hind Mezaina, Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi, Khalid Al Banna and Alia Lootah. As part of the exhibition, curated by Noor Al Suwaidi, the works of two Emirati designers, Khawla Al Marri and Khalid Mezaina, will also be showcased in the foyer of the main exhibition space. These two artists will also be taking part in a panel discussion on “Present Design” on the 23rd of October along with graphic artist Zena Adhami moderated by Cyril Zammit, Director of Design Days Dubai, which forms part of a public programme that will run alongside the exhibition and will include a children’s workshop on the 21st of November.

The Present is the latest in a series of exhibitions at Maraya Art Centre – the first, called “Experiment”, was presented in May 2010 – and continues the centre’s vision to create a platform for showcasing contemporary art from the region. This year alone the centre has hosted a number of exhibitions, including A Most Precarious Relationship: (Artists, Audiences and Interactive Art in the Emirates), Alienation, and Migrasophia.

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