New York showcase for Emirates artists

The work of Emirati artists and designers is to go on show in New York next month.

The Barjeel Art Foundation is taking part in this year’s The Armory Show – an international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place in Manhattan annually, shedding light on art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Participating artists from foundation include Yto Barrada with her photographic work “Telephone Books”, Ali Cherri with “Paysages Tremblants”, and Maha Maamoun with a video work entitled “Domestic Tourism II”.

Barjeel Art Foundation is combining Sharjah-based Maraya Art Centre. Which will highlight its various initiatives, including Maraya Art Park and the new multi-functional design space –“1971”, as well as the Maraya Video Archive and its ongoing workshop programme.

The foundation is an independent, United Arab Emirates-based initiative established to manage, preserve and exhibit the personal art collection of Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi. Its guiding principle is to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent, publicly accessible art collection in the UAE.

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi said: “This is a great opportunity to shed light on contemporary Arab art on an international stage, and introduce it to a wider and more diverse audience.”

The Armory Show will take place between March 5 – 8, 2015 in Piers 92 and 94 in central Manhattan.