24.6.11

MAPPING THE ART SCENE IN SHARJAH AND THE UAE - Roaming Images (2011)



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The exhibition of Roaming Images researches the various concepts of image along with the ideologies and geo-cultural climates that fostered them. The notion of image becomes therefore the universal vehicle that tells us the story of how we speak, how we think and even envision the future. This rubric moves us beyond the sterile adherence to the aesthetic creed of a homogenizing modernism and various postmodernisms often directed by archeological or ethnographic interests.
Main part of the exhibition, which will be presented at the MMCA during the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial is a series of projects that take place in various cities - stations, along the route linking Muscat (Oman) to Thessaloniki (Greece). These projects are planned and implemented by appointed with the participation of local artists and scholars, in collaboration with local institutions (Local Partners). Mapping the art scene in Sharjah and the UAE was the participation of the United Arab Emirates to the Roaming Images project. UAE's contribution consists of a workshop with the title Images Make Sense (organized by Giuseppe Moscatello and Sotirios Bahtsetzis) and a concluding exhibition at the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah curated by Sotirios Bahtsetzis. The exhibition presents works by Ahmed Al Hamdi, Ammar Mohammed Al Attar, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, George Katodrytis, Khalil Abdulwahid, Maisoon Al Saleh, Mark Pilkington, Noor Al Suwaidi, Paolomaria, Tarek Al Ghoussein, Tim Kennedy, Tini Meyer, Zlatan Filipovic.