Maraya Art Night in Sharjah - 11th March 2013

Maraya Art Centre in Al Qasba in Sharjah will be hosting an Art Night on Monday, 11th March. 

The night will include a showcase of several commissioned projects and the opening of Barjeel Art Foundation's new exhibition RE: Orient - Investigating Modernism in the Arab world 1950s-70s which promises to a very important and impressive exhibition. 

Here's what to expect on the night: 

Blueprint by Adel Abidin
Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba Block E,  Maraya Art Gallery, 3rd Floor


Adel Abidin - Blueprint

Pertaining to informal architecture, Finnish-Iraqi artist Adel Abidin will present 'Blueprint' curated by Sara Raza.

The exhibition presents a large-scale interactive drawing and sound installation that transforms Maraya's main exhibition gallery into a mock factory. The work explores the manufactured and globalised nature of 'Arab' identity in the post Arab Spring era by using the language of an architectural blueprint drawing. 

The exhibition will run until 15th June, 2013. 

Naturally Re-oriented by Khalid Shafar
Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba Block E, Ground floor


Khalid Shafar - Naturally Re-oriented

Naturally Re-oriented is a special design orientated project by Emirati furniture and objects designer Khalid Shafar.

The installation explores the use of natural resources and static form. Inspired by visual elements found in nature, this project takes viewers on a journey about recycling and the past.  

Change by Ayman Yossri Daydban
Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block E, Building Facade 

Thuma Tatawar El Amr, Ayman Yossri Daydban, 2009 RC Print Diasec mounted on Dibond 3 + 1AP H62 x W110 cm

Saudi Arabian contemporary artist Ayman Yossri Daydbanwill present a cinematic billboard project by on the outdoor facade of Maraya Art Centre.

This new work taken from film stills from popular Middle Eastern cinema explore non-linear narrative and take on new meanings within an art, architecture and cinematic context. 

The project aims to expand the definition, scope , and application of public art and is part of the artists's Public Project titled "Change” which will also feature works in public spaces in Dubai. 

The Seven Black Boxes of Observational Activity by Alaa Edris
Al Qasba Walkways, Al Qasba

Emirati artist Alaa Edris is renowned for producing research projects that explore social issues, semiotics and tradition within contemporary UAE culture.

She has created a site specific installation of black boxes placed throughout Al Qasba. Although seemingly ordinary, these boxes are in fact discreet audio visual recording and filming devices, which will record and collect public data.

The premise of the project is to explore the themes of privacy and surveillance with the artist accumulating data for  a future curated exhibition at the Maraya Art Centre. 

RE: Orient - Investigating Modernism in the Arab world 1950s-70s
Barjeel Art Foundation, Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block E, 2nd floor

Group of figures in a village, Samir Rafi, Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm, 1966

Re: Orient is a new exhibition that will highlight modern works by key artists with roots in the Arab world, and will cover three decades of art production from the 1950s to 1970s.

Marking a critical period of both politically and socially, artists of the modern era were involved in an international exchange of ideas, often fusing traditional artistic approaches with elements of avant-garde movements including Surrealism, Cubism, and Fauvism.

The exhibition will run until 22nd November, 2013. 

Event details

Date and timing: Monday, 11th March at 7pm

Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block E, Sharjah (location map)