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PLACE AND UNITY

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When: Monday 31 Oct, 2016 07:00 p.m. - Monday 31 Oct, 2016 10:00 p.m.
Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

PLACE AND UNITY: Works from the ADMAF Art Collection at Maraya Art Centre

31 October, 2016 – 31 January, 2017

Artists are frequently concerned with place – examining and capturing the soul of a location they have a connection with, be it physical, emotional or philosophical.

Maraya Art Centre has selected a group of works from the art collection of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) drawn together under the title "Place and Unity". Works by fourteen Emirati and UAE-based artists from across the generations will be exhibited. The works on display include a striking new commission called Foresta Sommersa by Rand Abdul Jabbar that refers to the city of Venice where she was mentored by the Italian artist Fabrizio Plessi. The artists in this show address themes of home, identity, communication and nomadism by referring to different countries and cities: from the UAE to Palestine, from Geneva to Shanghai. They examine what unites people of different nationalities with a specific focus on the United Arab Emirates today.

Consisting of acquisitions, commissions and donations, the ADMAF Art Collection has an emphasis on Emirati practice and seeks to highlight artistic expression from the Arab world and Middle East. The collection features more than 80 pieces which present the creativity of the UAE and the wider Arab world. By exhibiting the collection in its offices and through exhibitions and loans, ADMAF promotes the achievements and oeuvre of each artist – engaging, educating and informing the public about the region’s art scene. 

 

Artwork:

Zeinab Al Hashemi
Coast Collision, 2016
From the 'Urban Phantasmagoria' series
Digital scanography; satellite shot and digital editing
160 x 240 cm
An Abu Dhabi Festival 2016 Commission.
Courtesy of the artist. Part of the ADMAF Art Collection. © ADMAF