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Tashweesh: Material Noise

Tashweesh: Material Noise

When: Saturday 02 Mar, 2019 05:00 PM - Saturday 25 May, 2019 08:30 PM.
Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block (E), Third Floor (Maraya Art Gallery)

Curated By: Laura Metzler

"Tashweesh: Material Noise" is the fifth annual exhibition commissioned by UAE Unlimited.

The exhibition will be the second partnership between UAE Unlimited and Maraya Art Centre and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development. The exhibition, curated by Maraya Art Centre curator Laura Metzler runs 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 who will be representing the UAE at the 2019 Venice Biennial. 

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 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, 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 a 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.

The works that are part of the exhibition are:

Mona Ayyash uses existing sports footage to think about boredom, slowness, and what’s happening when nothing is happening. The chosen scenes particularly are looking at group sports and their choreography, continuously looping small segments. 

Ayesha Hadhir is presenting a new installation inspired by the history of diving in her family and the relationship with algae at a specific site off of Al Dibhya Island where her father taught her how to dive. She is also commissioning a performance in collaboration with Camilla Singh, an Abu Dhabi based performance artist that thinks about entanglement.

Rawdha Al Ketbi uses found objects to piece together the story of a mysterious figure, Rafi, who has been showing up in her in pieces in an abandoned location in Abu Dhabi. Her latest work is a goodbye as she found the site demolished when she went back to search for more clues.

Hashel Al Lamki has created a seven panel acrylic painting that engages with the process of having to drown out the noise around you, thinking about interruption and the continual journey of production.

Zara Mahmood documented the movement of light on ordinary surfaces, thinking of light as an artist and its impact on the world around us.

Tor Seidel created two pieces that start with natural soap varieties available in the UAE and think of them as an atlas of different communities and memories through scent.