- CURATOR MO REDA TO LEAD ON RESIDENCY EXCHANGE AND EXHIBITION COLLABORATION
Maraya Art Centre is excited to announce its participation in an exchange programme between India and the UAE. This is Maraya Art Centre’s first exchange programme with India and it’s first collaboration with the Kochi Biennale Foundation, host of the largest and longest contemporary art biennale in South East Asia
Delighted to be supporting the project initiated by Mo Reda as an independent curator, and Riyas Komu of the Kochi Biennale Foundation, Maraya Art Centre is participating as the local UAE partner. Mo Reda will direct and curate the project which begins in September 2016 and culminates in an exhibition during the Kochi-Muziris Biennale of 2016-2017. Emirati artist, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, has been selected by Maraya Art Centre as the artist-in-residence while the project curator and the Kochi Biennale Foundation have jointly selected Mohammed Kazem.
Both Ibrahim and Kazem along with project curator Mo Reda will undergo a residency in preparation for the exhibition that will be part of the upcoming Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The exhibition will be unveiled during the biennale as part of the Kochi Biennale Foundation Residency and exchange programme.
The project seeks to reflect a new methodology of cultural and artistic dialogue between the regions while guarding the authenticity and autonomy of each participating artist in their practice process. “We’re thrilled to be supporting this initiative and hope that this will be the start of a new exchange between the two regions and an exciting new take on curatorial practice of interregional collaborations” said Giuseppe Moscatello, Director of Maraya Art Centre. “Our aim is to continue to support the professional development of artists both locally and internationally while expanding the cultural exchanges between artistic disciplines”
Mo Reda commented: “I am very happy that this independent initiative has received the trust and support of both the Kochi Biennale Foundation and Maraya Art Centre. Both institutions are leaders in the regions where they are based and also internationally. To receive such generous support from such institutions is a gesture of confidence and trust in curatorial discourse of independent curatorial practice and will mean a lot to future generations of curators. I am very happy and pleased to see this project materialise with Kochi Biennale Foundation and Maraya Art Centre.”
In early 2017, two prominent artists from India will partake in a residency hosted by Maraya Art Centre. The residency will conclude with an exhibition in the UAE curated by Mo Reda that brings together the works of all four artists that participated in the residency exchanges.
The four-stage project begins with a curator and artists-in-residence programme in Kochi starting in September 2016.