Wing­ing to view

Muham­mad Yusuf has the de­tails on the up­com­ing Sharjah Bi­en­nial

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The 14th edi­tion of Sharjah Bi­en­nial (Mar. 7 – June 10, 2019) hosted by the Sharjah Art Foun­da­tion (SAF) ti­tled ‘Leav­ing the Echo Cham­ber’, will ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties and pur­pose of pro­duc­ing art when news is fed by a mo­nop­oly of sources, in­creas­ingly iCtIonAlIsED HIs­tory wHEn IDEAs of so­ci­ety are dis­placed and when bor­ders and be­liefs are dic­tated by cul­tural, so­cial and po­lit­i­cal sys­tems.

SB14 will fea­ture nearly 90 es­tab­lished and emerg­ing artists from around the world, over 60 new com­mis­sions as well as many never-be­fore-seen works.

Cu­ra­tors Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tan­cons who have col­lab­o­ra­tively con­ceived the SB14 theme, will present three ex­hi­bi­tions bring­ing to­gether a range of ex­pe­ri­ences and works — in­clud­ing ma­jor com­mis­sions, large-scale pub­lic in­stal­la­tions, pEr­For­mAnCEs AnD ilm — to CrE­AtE a con­cept about how one might re-ne­go­ti­ate the shape, form and func­tion of the ‘echo cham­ber’ of con­tem­po­rary life.

Such echoes are rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the wide forms of hu­man pro­duc­tion — its rit­u­als, be­liefs and cus­toms. Butt, Kholeif, and Tan­cons will also spear­head three ap­proaches via pro­grammes for SAF’s March Meet­ing - an an­nual con­ven­ing of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists, cu­ra­tors, schol­ars and other arts prac­ti­tion­ers.

They will ex­plore top­i­cal is­sues in con­tem­po­rary art through talks and per­for­mances. March Meet­ing 2019 will co­in­cide with the open­ing of SB14. Full pro­gramme de­tails and par­tic­i­pants will be an­nounced in 2019.

“Con­tem­po­rarylifeis­dom­i­nated by com­pet­ing in­for­ma­tion and luC­tuAtInG HIs­to­rIEs — A rE­Al­Ity tHAt raises im­por­tant ques­tions about the tra­jec­tory of con­tem­po­rary art, as well as the con­di­tions in which it is made”, said Hoor Al Qasimi, SAF Pres­i­dent and Direc­tor. “Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif, and Claire Tan­cons bring in­cred­i­bly dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives to these ques­tions, and to­gether rep­re­sent the com­plex­ity of chal­lenges faced by to­day’s artists and so­ci­ety as a whole.

“The aim of the Bi­en­nial is to deepen the con­text of these ques­tions through thought­pro­vok­ing and of­ten ex­pe­ri­en­tial works of art, and the March Meet­ing will com­ple­ment and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore these works and the Bi­en­nial theme more deeply”.

On view in build­ings and court­yards across the city’s arts and her­itage ar­eas as well as in SAF’s stu­dios in Al Ham­riyah, in the East Coast city of Kalba and other spa­ces in Sharjah, ‘Leav­ing the Echo Cham­ber’ will ex­plore sub­jects rang­ing from mi­gra­tion and di­as­pora, to con­cepts of time and in­ter­preted his­to­ries – giv­ing artists the agency to ex­plore sto­ries that echo in a dif­fer­ent way, re­veal­ing dif­fer­ing means of con­nect­ing, sur­viv­ing and sus­tain­ing a col­lec­tive hu­man­ity.

‘Jour­ney Be­yond the Ar­row’ cu­rated by Butt as­pires to pro­vide deeper con­text to the move­ment of hu­man­ity and the tools that have en­abled or hin­dered its sur­vival.

From spir­i­tual rit­ual to cul­tural cus­tom, tech­no­log­i­cal process to po­lit­i­cal rule of law, these prac­tices pos­sess par­tic­u­lar fea­tures and ac­tions that aid or abet mo­bil­ity. In this ex­hi­bi­tion, artists re­veal the gen­er­a­tional im­pact of a range of phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal ‘tools’, and how the rep­re­sen­ta­tions and mean­ings of these tools have shifted as a con­se­quence of colo­nial Ex­ploIt, so­CIAl AnD rE­lI­GIous ConlICt or ide­o­log­i­cal ex­trem­ism. Thus ‘Jour­ney’ seeks to il­lu­mi­nate the ne­ces­sity of ex­change and di­ver­sity across the globe and through­out hu­man his­tory.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture new com­mis­sions by Khadim Ali, Kawayan de Guia, Car­los Garaicoa, Meiro Koizumi, Jom­pet Kuswidananto, Neo Muyanga, Tu n An­DrEw NGuy n, PHAn TH o NGuyên, Ho Tzu NyEn, Lisa Rei­hana, Am­pan­nee Sa­toh, Thamoth­arampil­lai Shanaathanan, Kid­lat Tahimik and Qiu Zhi­jie, as well as works by An­tariksa, Shi­raz Bayjoo, Adri­ana Bustos, Ro­hini Devasher, GUDSKUL, LéulI EsHrăGHI, AnAwAnA HAloBA, Roslisham Is­mail (Ise), Nalini Malani, Lee Ming­wei, Ah­mad Fuad Os­man, Mark Sal­va­tus, Xu Zhen, Lan­tian Xie and 31st Cen­tury Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Spirit.

‘Mak­ing New Time’ cu­rated by Kholeif responds to the over­all theme of ‘Leav­ing the Echo Cham­ber’. It is a probe on how ma­te­rial cul­ture can be re-imag­ined through the lens of a group of artists whose po­lit­i­cal agency, ac­tivism and as­tute ob­ser­va­tions en­cour­age us to ex­tend be­yond the lim­its of be­lief.

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­sid­ers how economies have formed around tech­no­log­i­cal cul­ture, how nar­ra­tive is cre­ated and de­con­structed, and how these forces en­able a re­con­sti­tu­tion or a resti­tu­tion of a his­tory lost or un­known.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture new com­mis­sions by Lawrence Abu Ham­dan, Sophia Al-Maria, Cory Ar­can­gel, Marwa Ar­san­ios, Alessan­dro Bal­teo-Yazbeck, Candice Bre­itz, Ian Cheng, Shezad Da­wood, Stan Dou­glas, Al­fredo Jaar, Ann Veron­ica Janssens, Oto­bong Nkanga with Emeka Og­boh, Bruno Pacheco, Heather Phillip­son, Jon Raf­man, Pamela Rosenkranz, Hrair Sarkissian, Amie Siegel, Ke­mang Wa Le­hulere, Munem Wasif and Akram Zaatari, as well as works by Semiha Berk­soy, Huguette Ca­land, Lubaina Himid, Bar­bara Kas­ten, Astrid Klein, Mar­wan, Michael Rakowitz and An­war Je­lal Shemza.

‘Look for Me All Around You’ cu­rated by Tan­cons is an open plat­form of mi­grant images and fugi­tive. It strad­dles the lines of the cosmo-eco­log­i­cal, techno-sen­so­rial and museo-imag­i­nal in re­sponse to hu­man and ma­te­rial dis­place­ment and dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion.

It com­prises new com­mis­sions, with more artists to be an­nounced later. Fea­tured artists in­clude Jen­nifer Al­lora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Ca­line Aoun, Leo Ase­mota, Aline Ba­iana, Han­nah Black, Mo­hamed Bourouissa, Jace Clay­ton, Christo­pher Cozier, An­nie Dorsen, Tork­wase Dyson, Alaa Edris, Alia Farid, Peter Friedl, Meschac Gaba, Niko­laus Gansterer, Eisa Joc­son, Is­abel Lewis, Daniel Lie, Laura Lima, Ul­rik López, Car­los Mar­tiel, Su­chi­tra Mat­tai, Mo­hau Modis­ak­eng, New Or­leans Air­lift, Tracey Rose, Wael Shawky, Cae­cilia Tripp and Wu Tsang.

Lisa Rei­hana

Claire Tan­cons

Su­chi­tra Mat­tai

Omar Kholeif

Nalini Malani

Zoe Butt

Kawayan de Guia

Al­fredo Jaar

Sophia Al-Maria

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