Moving Image Art Fair
Maraya Art Centre has announced that three of its artists from the Maraya Video Archive will participate in the Moving Image Art Fair, a showcase devoted to video, film, animation, projections and other moving images, which will take
place at the Bargehouse in London from 17th-20th October.
The fair was conceived to offer a unique viewing experience and to provide a rich programme of international works by some of today's most important artists, and the next edition of the event will host an international selection of over 30 single-channel videos, video sculptures, and larger video installations, presented by galleries from the Middle East, Europe, North America and South America.
Maraya Art Centre artists taking part in the event are Karim Al Husseini, Alaa Edris, and Nermine Hammam.
Al Husseini's work "Dew Not", a mixed media animation, is a reflection of Palestinian migration and traces the artist's lineage (his grandfather was the Mufti of Jerusalem during the 1940s while his uncle was considered a possible future leader of the Palestinian people). Due to the wealth and critical importance of Al Husseini's family in Palestine, this work brings the audience closer to his personal history and the harsh reality about the land his family was forced to leave.
"Kharareef" by Alaa Edris is a video composed of footage from several British documentaries as well as the artist's personal archives, and tells the story of the UAE before its confederation, when it was known as the Trucial States. The protagonists are seven women, representing the Emirates, and the story unveils links to a matriarchal theory that is not interested in logic as much as power, and adopts a style that is relevant to horror and expressionist cinema.
The third participant, Nermine Hammam, will be presenting "Metanoia", a work that emerged from an experience the artist endured in Cairo over three months. Hammam spent time visiting a hospital for the mentally ill in a renowned area of the city, where she met patients, learned about their disorders, and came face to face with conditions that the government does not address.