Established in 2006, Maraya Art Centre is a three-storey non-profit creative space located in Sharjah, U.A.E. Since its inception, Maraya has offered the public an innovative exhibitions programme, showcasing the work of leading Middle Eastern and international artists. The centre also boasts multi-media facilities, a video archive, an art library and a regular public programme of workshops and events designed by its in-house team and guest curators. Outside of the main building, Maraya also has several public park art sites within its local vicinity that feature interactive projects and sculptures.
Giuseppe Moscatello graduated from the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Rome in 2003. He is the director of the Maraya Art Centre, a non-profit art space located in Sharjah, which is also home of the Maraya Video Archive and the Maraya Art Park. Since the establishment of the Centre in 2010, he produced more than 25 major local and international exhibitions, and more than 70 educational programs and community activities.
Exhibitions produced at the Centre include Migrasophia, Al Ghaib Aesthetic of the Disappearance, Cave (Contemporary Arab Video Encounters), In The Absence of script, Customs Made: Quotidian Practices and Everyday Rituals, Accented, Art Index 1.0, The Present and Wafaa Bilal's Hierarchy of Being at the Maraya Art Park. He is also the co-curator of the international design exhibition ISLAMOPOLITAN.
He is also in charge of the new 1971- Design Space recently launched in Sharjah, a non-profit platform for local and international designers, and the 1971 Design Store. He was a nominator twice for the prestigious Jameel Art Prize organized by the Victoria& Albert Museum, and he was part of the jury of the ISEA 2014 Dubai (International Symposium of Electronic Art).
Laura Metzler is a curator and art historian from Houston, Texas. She received her MA from the American University of Beirut and her BA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been living and working in the arts in the Middle East since 2011 and has previously been the Associate Director of The Third Line, Dubai and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut. She is particularly interested in transnational narratives and emerging art historiographies. Her research has focused on the later works of Lebanese sculptor Saloua Raouda Choucair.
Fatma Mohammed Al Mahmoud earned her BA in VIsual Arts at the Dept. of Art and Design, College of Art and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, she Intern at Maraya Art Centre from 2012 to 2013, after a period spent as graphic designer in Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Fatma became a permanent member of the Maraya Art Centre in 2016, where she is currently responsible for setting the programs and workshops for Maraya Art Centre and 1971 Design Space, where art media, design techniques and experimentation on creative thinking are addressed.