UAE design exhibition is showing at a prestigious event in Holland

Islamopolitan, an exhibition curated by the acclaimed Emirati designer, Khalid Shafar and Maraya Art Centre director, Giuseppe Moscatello is currently in Eindhoven as part of the Dutch Design Week. Images courtesy of Maraya Art Centre
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This week, Islamopolitan, an exhibition co-curated by Emirati designer Khalid Shafar is being displayed in Eindhoven as part of the Dutch Design Week, the biggest design event in northern Europe.

The show was first presented at Maraya Art Centre in 2014 where the other co-curator Maraya’s director Giuseppe Moscatello’s aim was for it to spark a conversation about the intersections of Islam and design. Since then it has been shown in Milan, Istanbul and Kuwait, in line with Maraya Art Centre’s mission of cultivating local design talents and creating international awareness about regional designers.

Moscatello said: “We coined the term Islamopolitan for this exhibition, which comes from linking the words Islam and cosmopolitan. It implies multiculturalism and diversity with contextualisation as a focal point, an important factor in creating the space for conversations about the relationship between spiritual beliefs and design to transpire between both individuals and institutions. We are thrilled that Islamopolitan is being received in Eindhoven as part of Dutch Design Week, it is an honour for Maraya Art Centre and 1971-Design Space be associated with one of Europe’s most prestigious art events”.

The exhibition opened on October 22 and runs until October 30.