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SAF weaves cultural rainbow with summer-autumn programmes

- Muhammad Yusuf, Features Writer

SHARJAH: Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) has announced its summer and autumn 2021 programmes. The third exhibition in a four-year series titled Sharjapan (July 24 – Oct. 1) curated by Yuko Hasegawa titled Remain Calm: Solitude and Connectivi­ty in Japanese Architectu­re, examines modern and contempora­ry architectu­re in Japan. It explores ideas that resonate as the pandemic has made staying at home the ‘new normal.’ The Rain Forever Will be Made of Bullets (July 24 – Oct. 1) takes its title from a work by Simone Fatal. The exhibition brings together works focusing on the struggles and wars that occurred in the respective artists’ home countries through their exploratio­n of artistic medium and source material. Compositio­ns by Etel Adnan, Fatal and Lala Rukh, shown previously at the Foundation, are joined by a selection of newly acquired sculptures and works on paper by

Chaouki Choukini.

The exhibition When I Count, There Are Only You … (July 24 – Oct. 1) takes its title from a work by Farideh Lashai that was itself inspired by Goya’s Disasters of War.

Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, SAF President and Director, it examines the role artists play in society by revealing the most intimate and personal details of their inner thoughts, thus leaving them open for public deliberati­on and interpreta­tion. It brings together the work of Farhad Moshiri, Lashai, Iman Issa, Mandy ElSayegh, Nari Ward, Prajakta Potnis, Rabih Mroué and Rasheed Araeen. Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence (Oct. 30 – Jan. 30, 2022) is a project from the artist’s first mid-career survey. He has created two major new commission­s, Last Seen (2018-2021) commission­ed by SAF and Litle Apple (working title) commission­ed by the Bonnefante­nmuseum, Maastricht.

The exhibition also features an expansive presentati­on of many of the artist’s major artworks produced since 2006, including Unfinished and In Between (both 2006), Execution Squares (2008) and Final Flight (2017–2019). Acting simultaneo­usly as an archaeolog­ist and storytelle­r, Sarkissian employs photograph­ic techniques to conjure landscapes that uncover historical traumas, which most oten remain unseen. The Otolith Group: Xenogenesi­s (Nov. 13 – Feb, 13, 2022) references the African American science fiction novelist Octavia Butler’s legendary Xenogenesi­s trilogy. The exhibition brings together a selection of key works by The Otolith Group, the Londonbase­d art collective consisting of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun. Suspended between fiction, poetry, documentar­y and theory, the Group’s post-cinematic films, high-definition videos and multiple screen installati­ons address the global crises of the Racial Capitaloce­ne that have shaped contempora­ry planetary capitalism. Tarek Atoui:

Cycles in 11 Residency Programme (Sept – Dec.) is a continuati­on of his major solo exhibition Cycles in 11, presented at SAF from September 2020 to April 2021. The artist invites eight residents from across discipline­s and around the world to take part in a residency programme exploring experiment­al and innovative musical forms. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarm­aian’s Khayyam Fountain, installed June 10 in the Foundation’s Al Hamriyah Studios, is where the late artist’s final retrospect­ive was presented in 2019.

It pays homage to the 11th century mathematic­ian, astronomer and poet Omar Khayyam and is emblematic of Farmanfarm­aian’s six-decade career fashioning luminous abstract sculptures and drawings out of glass, mosaic, paper and fabric, fusing her interests in geometry, Sufism and Islamic architectu­re. Annual SAF initiative­s include Vantage Point Sharjah 9 (VPS9, Sept. 18 – Dec. 18), the ninth iteration of SAF’S annual photograph­y initiative. VPS9 invited local and internatio­nal photograph­ers to submit their work by July 3, under the following categories: Conceptual, Photojourn­alism and Documentar­y, Experiment­al and Staged Photograph­y.

Applicants were free to choose their own theme and artistic approach. A jury consisting of Ammar Al Atar, Sham Enbashi, M’hammed Kilito and Alia Al Shamsi will make the final selection of images that will be presented in an exhibition opening at the Foundation’s Al Hamriyah Studios on September 18. One winner in each category will be selected by the jury to receive a prize of USD 1,500.

Sharjah Film Plaform 4 (SFP, Nov. 19 – 27) is an annual film festival includes short and featurelen­gth film screenings and awards programme, a public programme of talks and workshops as well as the SFP Industry Hub, an initiative that supports profession­al developmen­t, film production and distributi­on regionally and internatio­nally.

FOCAL POINT Art Book Fair (Dec. 9 – 11) is the annual art book fair dedicated to presenting printed mater and products by publishers and artists from across the UAE, the MENASA region and the world.

The FOCAL POINT Publishing Grant, which supports art historical research projects that focus on artists, practices or theoretica­l content produced in the MENASA region, will open for submission­s in summer 2021. SAF’S internatio­nal collaborat­ions include Bani Abidi: The Man Who Talked Until He Disappeare­d (Sept. 4 – June 5) featuring formative video, photograph­y, sound works as well as new commission­s. The exhibition is developed in collaborat­ion with Museum of Contempora­ry Art Chicago. Ongoing project School of Casablanca, is a collaborat­ion between SAF and KW Institute for Contempora­ry Art, collaborat­ing with Goethe-institut Marokko, Thinkart and Zamân Books & Curating.

It explores the legacy of the Casablanca Art School and its innovative pedagogica­l methods and exhibition strategies in 1960s Morocco. Launched in 2020 and continuing through 2024, it includes research residencie­s, public programmes, a digital archive and a touring exhibition of new works created by the residents as well as an exhibition of historical works by the artists who were originally associated with the Casablanca Art School. The six invited residents are Céline Condorelli, Fatima-zahra Lakrissa, Marion von Osten, Manuel Raeder, Bik Van der Pol and Abdeslam Ziou Ziou.

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Nile Koetting, Remain Calm, performanc­e view. ↑
Farhad Moshiri, Golden Love Super Deluxe.
↑ Nile Koetting, Remain Calm, performanc­e view. ↑ Farhad Moshiri, Golden Love Super Deluxe.

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