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Maraya Art Centre

  • Maraya Art Centre Level Three, Block E, Al Qasba, Sharjah Sharjah UAE (map)

Maraya Art Centre

Once Upon A Time: Hadiqat Al Umma

Iraqi artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji presents a panoramic multi-media installation reviving his childhood experience of Baghdad’s Hadiqat Al Umma. This park, full of plants, fountains and playgrounds, was a sanctuary from the city’s exhaust fumes and the blazing sun. It was surrounded by music and photography shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, cafés and markets. Although it has lost much of its beauty over the years, the park remains a vivid memory in the artist’s mind and he uses his own visual and emotional recollections to recreate its rhythm. His beautiful drawings, which reimagine people seen there, are brought to life in black and white animations across 9 projectors. This installation will stir memories and emotions, conjuring a park that was a landmark in Baghdad and in the memory of generations of Iraqis. Alfraji’s recreation of the collective experience of this park in the 1970s belongs to his larger exploration of the loss, fragmentation and lapses in time that underline exile.


Established in 2006, Maraya Art Centre is a three-storey non-profit creative space located in Sharjah, UAE. Since its inception, Maraya has offered the public an innovative exhibitions programme, showcasing the work of leading Middle Eastern and international artists. The centre also boasts multi-media facilities, a video archive, an art library and a regular public programme of workshops and events designed by its in-house team and guest curators.

Event Information:

4 March – 6 May 2017

Location: Level Three, Block E, Al Qasba, Sharjah

Open: Saturdays – Thursdays, 10:00 – 22:00, Fridays 16:00 – 22:00

+971 6 55 66 555




Image caption:

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, Once Upon A Time At Hadiqat Al Umma, 2016, 27 x 48 cm. Animation frame drawing, Charcoal on Paper. 

Earlier Event: March 1
Sharjah Art Museum
Later Event: March 4
Barjeel Art Foundation