Sharjah Art Foundation Announces Artists for 2017 Biennial
Over 60 artists will take part.
In Arabic, tamawuj has multiple definitions: the rising and falling of waves, surging or fluctuation, or a wavy, shifting appearance. As a title, it is meant to invoke the Biennial’s many collaborations with other regional organizations.
Christine Tohme, director of Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, is curating the exhibition, which runs from
Tohme, who believes in a less strictly-defined institutional identity built on interacting with other organizations, is expanding the biennial to four different sites throughout the region, each of which will create artistic programming in response to a different key word.
First up is Dakar, Senegal, where, on January 8–9, 2017, the first off-site project, a workshop led by artist Kader Attia at Cheikh Anta Diop University, will be based on water. On May 13, 2017, curator Zeynep Öz will devise a program about crops in Istanbul. Curator Lara Al Khalidi will engage with the concept of earth in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 20, 2017. The final stop will be October 17, 2017, in Beirut, Lebanon, where Tohme’s own Ashkal Alwan space will address the word culinary.
The idea is to create a flowing exchange of knowledge and ideas throughout the region, tapping into the multiple meanings of tamawuj, and build on the biennial’s yearlong educational program, SB13 School, which launched in October.
“I look forward to seeing how this collaborative program builds connections with our partners and local infrastructures—and how the participating artists respond to and connect to Sharjah,” wrote Sheikha Hoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, the foundation’s president and director, in an email to artnet News.
The 2015 edition was curated by Eungie Joo, and saw American filmmaker Eric Baudelaire, Spanish multimedia artist Asunción Molinos Gordo, and Palestinian multimedia collaborators Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. Argentinian sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas and Turkish multimedia artist Fahrelnissa Zeid take home top honors.
Here are the participating artists:
Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Abbas Akhavan
Tamara Al Samerraei
Allora & Calzadilla
Maria Thereza Alves
Tonico Lemos Auad
Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Jonathas de Andrade
Mariana Castillo Deball
Fehras Publishing Practices
Shadi Habib Allah
İz Öztat and Fatma Belkıs Işık
The Otolith Group
Raqs Media Collective
Abdullah Al Saadi
Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Mario García Torres
Rain Wu and Eric Chen
The Sharjah Biennial 13 is on view March 10–June 12, 2017, with the March Meeting opening events taking place March 10–14, 2017.
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