Wednesday 14 Mar, 2012
Saturday 19 May, 2012
Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block (E), Third Floor (Maraya Art Gallery)
United Arab Emirates
Migrasophia, curated by the London-based independent curator and critic Sara Raza. Migrasophia is the first curatorial art exhibition to be staged in the entire UAE which explores contemporary art practices from the post-Soviet terrain of Central Asia, and its neighbouring regions of the Caucasus and the Caspian in a bid to introduce new art practices from Asia to Sharjah's art audiences.
The exhibition features appraisal works of 18 artists including collaboration and collectives, who are exploring migratory post-Soviet visual aesthetics and reflecting on the impact of globalisation on contemporary art, society and current thinking. Featured artists include: Lida Abdul, Farhad Ahrarnia, Reza Aramesh, Said Atabekov, Zeigam Azizov, Babi Badalov, Sonia Balassanian, Ergin Cavusoglu, Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev, Galim Madanov & Zauresh Terekbay, Taus Makhacheva, Erbossyn Meldibekov, Koka Ramishvilli, Diyor Razikov, Karen Sargasyn, Slavs and Tatars, Sophia Tabatadze, and Yelena Vorobyeva & Viktor Vorobyev.
The exhibition takes its title and inspiration from Azerbaijan born London-based contemporary artist and philosopher, Zeigam Azizov who in 2000 coined the term Migrasophia as the study into the complex relationship between migration and philosophy following the disintegration of the USSR in 1991. Within a curatorial context Azizov's artistic concepts and writing are crucial to an expanded understanding of a region that has remained largely absent from mainstream visual art discourse yet has produced some of the most diverse and critical art on post-Imperial spaces. On the occasion of the exhibition Azizov's Migrasophia manuscript will be published and launched during the opening. Accompanying the exhibition will also be a full English and Arabic translation colour catalogue with an introduction by Maraya Art Centre's curator Giuseppe Moscatello, curatorial essay by Sara Raza and interviews with all 18 artists conducted by Sara Raza and Andrey Shental.