The Present: Contemporary Art from the Emirates

The Present: Contemporary Art from the Emirates is a new group exhibition which opens at the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah on Thursday 18th October. 

The show is curated by Noor Al Suwaidi and includes work by 13 artists and designers and I'm glad to say I'm part of this exhibition. The other participants in this exhibition include:


  • Shamma Al Amri
  • Khawla Darwish
  • Zeinab Al Hashemi
  • Khalid Al Banna
  • Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi
  • Shaikha Al Mazrou
  • Alia Lootah
  • Farah Al Qasimi
  • Sharifa Horaiz


  • Khawla Al Marri
  • Khalid Mezaina (my brother)

Spoken word performance by Hala Ali

Noor Al Suwaidi asked us to address connotations of the word “Present” and to explore our own interpretations of present in social, geographical and cultural terms. 

I've done a series of portraits called The Conversation for this exhibition and will share the photographs, along with work by the other artists after the opening. 

In the meantime, this is an open invitation for you to attend the opening, or to visit the exhibition which will be running till 28th November. 

Event details

Date: 18 October – 28 November 2012. Opening on 18th Oct from 7pm

Venue: Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Block (E), 3rd Floor, Sharjah (location map)