CAVE - Sharjah 2010

CAVE - Sharjah 2010 is video art exhibition that is currently on at Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba in Sharjah. CAVE stands for Contemporary Arab Video Encounter and includes a group of multimedia artists from across the Arab world who have joined together to investigate the region’s foremost social movements of the past several decades.

Exploring social movements within a regional collective, CAVE is an assortment of personal statements reiterated by 9 exceptional artists from the Arab World and its diaspora. Sounding records on visual movements, strictly presented through short video expressions, this Contemporary Arab Video Encounter examines regional perspectives on sheltering structures through diverse realms of ever-changing institutional discourse on modern habits.  In this exhibition, we look at how such ideas are received across an assortment of generations which have dealt with social migrations, cultural evolutions, and factional histories.


The theme [as the title suggests] is that of a "Contemporary Arab Video Encounter", whereby for the first time for an exhibition will be set-up to strictly work in projected moving images. Including renowned names from the region, each work is visually and audibly announced although not necessarily structured as a collective housed in a single exhibition hall of video archives.  

Aida Eltorie, curator

The Beautiful Language by Mounir Fatmi

The Beautiful Language by Mounir Fatmi

The exhibition includes the following videos by nine artists from the Middle East:

  • Bread of Life, 6:33 mins by Adel Abidin (Iraq)
  • The Beautiful Language, 16 mins by Mounir Fatmi (Algeria)
  • Couscous Aftermaths, 9:36 mins by Kader Attia (Algeria)
  • Distorted Reality (Improvisation), 9:58 mins by Faisal Samra (Bahrain)
  • REVOLUTION: Liberty, Social Equity, Unity, 4:32 mins by Khaled Hafez (Egypt)
  • A Space Exodus, 5:24 mins by Larissa Sansour (Palestine)
  • Reversed TV, 9:59 mins by Mounira Al Solh (Lebanon)
  • Moving Stone, 4 mins by Mohamed Kazem (UAE)
  • The Path, 3:04 mins by Abdul Nasser Gharem (Saudi Arabia)
Moving Stone by Mohamed Kazem

Moving Stone by Mohamed Kazem

Bread of Life, 6:33 mins by Adel Abidin (Iraq)

Bread of Life, 6:33 mins by Adel Abidin (Iraq)

I've not had a chance to go to this exhibition yet, although I've seen one of the videos before, Bread of Life by Adel Abidin at Abu Dhabi Art's open air cinema at Art, Talks and Sensations, which was one of my favourite at that screening. The exhibition is on till 11th December, so I hope to get a chance to go after I return from London.

There's a long weekend coming up in the United Arab Emirates, so if you want to do something different, don't miss this.  


Exhibition details:
Date: On till 11th December 2010
Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (Saturday-Thursday), 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Friday)
Location: Maraya Art Centre, Block E, 3rd Floor – Al Qasba in Sharjah (location map)
Phone: +971 (0)6 556 6555