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Marwan: Topographies of the Soul

Marwan: Topographies of the Soul

When: Saturday 06 Dec, 2014 10:00 AM - Friday 06 Feb, 2015 12:00 AM.
Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block (E), Third Floor (Maraya Art Gallery)

Marwan Kassab Bachi, Syrian artist born in 1934, is well known for his unique depictions of human faces. In some instances they are well-articulated representations of individuals with distinct features, while at other times, individual traits are abstracted, turning faces into anonymous masks. This exhibition, being the very first one in the GCC to showcase a range of Marwan's work within a single venue, aims at introducing regional public to the varied spectrum of Marwan's oeuvre. Here, visitors will be able to see the artist's large-scale oil on canvas paintings, aquarelle works on paper, as well as etchings and quick sketches executed in pencil. The show will present portraits derived from life, stylised representations of faces, and will include several depictions of masks. The Khoury project will give an exclusive one-time performance at the opening reception of "Marwan: Topographies of the Soul" in Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah. The Khoury Project is a group of three brothers who live and breathe music: EliaKhoury (oud), Basil Khoury (violin), and Osama Khoury (qanun) — the group's "pilot" — all three of whom are joinedby bassist Guillaume Robert and percussionist InorSotolongo. The Khoury membersare all classically trained and havestudied with masters like Munir Bashir, Irak's foremost oud player andHalilKaraduman, Turkey's prolificqanun player. The Khoury brothers blend musical traditions from the Middle Eastand the Mediterranean to form a bridge to jazz — its blue notes and flights of improvisational fancy — not to mention Flamenco, gypsy, Celtic, and Indian music.