Mohammed Kazem’s Raw Data in Sharjah

Posted November 25th, 2013

Arab World, Contemporary Art, Installations, Media Art, Shows

The exhibition “Raw Data (1999-2013)” at the Maraya Art Centre is the latest project by leading Emirati artist, Mohammed Kazem.

At the opening ceremony Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Qasimi and Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi were briefed by the artist on the “Raw Data (1999-2013)” installation (11 January 2014) that is comprised of a multi-media appropriation of 14 years of GPS coordinates collected by the artist throughout his professional artistic career.

Speaking about the project, Mohamed Kazem said, “In Raw Data’ I have taken 14 years’ worth of numerical coordinates from a massive array of GPS readings that I have been collecting. Through reworking these figures, I want to invite others to explore how measuring and navigating the everyday world impacts and interacts with day to day experience and the impact of this interaction with an artistic expression. It is truly thrilling to be able to share this explorative installation with the wider public in such a progressive and stimulating locale as Maraya Art Centre and I look forward to seeing what impact this project will have on my continuing journey as an artist.”

In Raw Data (1999-2013)’, Kazem has reworked and applied the range of coordinates within an immersive atmospheric installation. Bringing together the activity of measuring and navigation, the installation features coordinates from clothing, various objects, buildings, and elements from nature among many others, to create an experience that illuminates Kazem’s thought process and invites the audience to reflect on the practice of this ideas-driven artist as he enters a pivotal moment in his career.
Supporting the exhibition, Maraya Art Centre has organised series of talks, workshops and outdoor expeditions that will take place throughout its run in keeping with the Centre’s commitment to foster greater integration of the arts within the community.

Mohammed Kazem
Born in Dubai, Mohammed Kazem first studied fine art at Emirates Fine Art Society, later going on to learn music, and attend national and international art workshops, as well as teaching painting at Dubai Art Atelier. His works have been selected for Biennials and Exhibitions around the world for over two decades, including Moscow, Holland, Singapore, Japan, Egypt, India, Germany, and Cuba. Kazem has also taken part in several Sharjah International Art Biennials, was awarded first prize for an installation, and was the curator of the 8th Sharjah Biennial in 2007. His works have been collected by private and public institutions such as Deutsche Bank, Museums in Doha, Sharjah, and Sittard, Holland. Kazem’s most recent exhibitions include Emirati Expressions: Realised which is currently running in Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE as well as Walking on Water, where he is presently representing the Emirates at the National Pavilion of the UAE during La Biennale di Venezia in the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy.

Images: Mohammed Kazem / ‘Raw Data (1999-2013)’, details / Courtesy of Maraya Art Centre