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Accented Curated by Murtaza Vali

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When: Sunday 01 Mar, 2015 12:00 a.m. - Saturday 16 May, 2015 11:30 p.m.
Venue: Maraya Art Centre Third Floor (Gallery) & Maraya Art Park Al Majaz Waterfront Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Maraya Art Centre is pleased to invite you to ‘Accented’ exhibition curated by Sharjah-born critic Murtaza Vali.
The exhibition’s theme originates in the premise that the ‘accent’ acts as an “enduring sign or figure of cultural difference in the age of globalisation”. Proponents of globalisation suggest that with the recent worldwide expansion of finance, media, and technology has come increasing transparency and equivalence across formerly distinct cultures and languages. Yet the accent, localised in and expressed through the body, is that elemental component which persists, resisting and transcending acts of intercultural translation.
‘Accented’ approaches the accent as far more than a purely linguistic phenomenon. It examines how processes of intercultural translation extend well beyond the limits of language, into the realm of images, spaces, sounds, and smells, and into interior décor and fashion trends. The accent can be understood as an embellishment that emphasises difference, an accessory through which culture is expressed on bodies and introduced into spaces. The UAE’s unique multicultural demographic, and the cosmopolitan ethos it fosters, creates a condition where social and cultural space is, arguably, always accented, offering a rich arena for ‘Accented’ to explore, using this theoretically enriched notion of the accent as a lens.
The exhibition includes eight new works, commissioned and produced by Maraya Art Centre, including two site-specific installations at Al Majaz Waterfront.
Artists:
Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Abbas Akhavan, Ammar Al Attar, Fayçal Baghriche, Vikram Divecha, GCC Collective, Iman Issa, Pouran Jinchi, Raja’a Khalid, Monira Al Qadiri, Farah Al Qasimi, Abdallah Al Saadi, THE STATE, Jaret Vadera and Lantian Xie.