Maraya Art Centre's latest exhibition Tashweesh: Material Noise is commissioned by UAE unlimited and supported by The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.
Speaking at the event opening H.E Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, expressed her delight to be part of the opening of “Tashweesh”, and said that "it 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”
“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” she added
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.
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