The project is an artistic intervention by an international group of authors who have created an exhibition right in the middle of an abandoned village at the Mleiha desert in Sharjah. The language of street art opens a dialog with the location and the ways it was transformed by artistic will. The first location for a large-scale artistic statement was selected as a focal point of the country’s unique features and a seat of power for the UAE. Lost in the sands and the time, this abandoned village became a platform for an intriguing outing for a team of artists whose creative work draws on street art.
During a trip to the Mleiha Reserve in Sharjah, each of the ten artists picked a location in one of the spots of the abandoned village and created pieces that were presented in the pop-up exhibition.
In the same way archaeology reconstructs the past by using fragments of material culture, artists take a close look at pieces of the present as if through a magnifying glass and deconstruct it down to significant elements. Various locations and spots of the “palace” full of artifacts (in fact, all sorts of garbage) were assigned to artists, who turned them into their own workshops for the duration of the intervention. The dialog between the audience and the environment, which is an important principle in street art, has been changed: in this uninhabited desert, the artists took the role of the audience upon themselves. The unfettered choice of instruments and themes provided a different vibe that is similar to street art, where any open space and even the whole world become the canvas.
The participating artists are: 10.203
/ Filippo Minelli
/ Neda Salmanpoor