The Place I Call Home

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Date: Saturday 07 Mar, 2020 - Sunday 31 May, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block E, Second Floor, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The Place I Call Home is a project that uses contemporary photography to explore the idea of home related to the experiences of young people living in the Gulf and the UK at a time of rapid change and social mobility. The project comprises a photography exhibition and public outreach programme that will travel to venues in six Gulf states and the UK in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020.

The Place I Call Home exhibition and accompanying activities are commissioned by the British Council and curated by David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery, the national photography agency for Wales. After scoping visits to all six GCC countries, the curator determined the vision and approach for the exhibition and commissioned several UK and Middle East-based artists to produce work responding to its themes. The selected artists reflect a balance of age, gender and professional experience, as well as representation of all six GCC countries. In various ways, the work of the selected artists is about sharing stories of culture and heritage, challenging stereotypes, exploring identities, commonalities and differences.

The aim of the exhibition and supporting workshops is to encourage dialogues about:

  • Place-Making: how planning, design, culture, environmental and technological considerations create a better city or neighbourhood
  • Interculturalism: promoting dialogue and interaction between cultures to challenge isolation and self-segregation within cultures
  • Citizenship: social responsibility, leadership, hospitality, inclusion, respect and tolerance