So after freshening up, we took the bus and headed to Maraya in AlQasba in Sharja! On the way… students were -as usual- signing and playing games, so Mentor Abdulaziz AlAdwani took part in their activities – mainly music related
Everyone was starving so we made a mini stop at one of the fast food joints on our way
Shortly after we arrived to Maraya Art Center
Its a three-story art center for contemporary visual arts. At the entrance, mentors and students were fascinated by the first art piece they encountered. They were taking pictures and taking close look at the colorful blocks put together
Then Maraya team gave a brief speech about the center explaining the design, purpose, lectures given, and offers in “The Shelter” – a medium used to connect with others and exchange ideas.
So on each floor, we would listen to a brief description given by them and then walk around and check the art pieces
The upper floor is called Barjeel where collection exclusively exhibits pieces collected from Arab artists.
This was one of the pictures we were asked to explain… so what do you think?
The head piece, shmagh, represent the male presence, actually… the STRONG presence in her life. He is kind of ruling her, and she is seen (hence the frame) as the housewife in her ragged clothes and the cooking gloves shes wearing… not to mention the expressionless -yet sad- look on her face! No?
By the way… its a self portrait of the artist herself, I believe her name is Reem Lootah!
Another interesting piece of art….
This is another piece I liked… Jesus shown -as still suffering- in a land where three languages is used
What do you think of this one now?
Now lets take a closer look at those red drops? Whadya think?
More art pieces
Chillaxing outside Maraya before we headed back to the hotel for the next trip
To be continued 😉