WHILE YOU’RE IN SHARJAH …
Check out these art and design exhibitions also on show in the city
Marwan Rechmaoui: Slanted Squares
What does infrastructure say about the state of a city, of a country? Artist Marwan Rechmaoui explores Lebanon’s history through its construction sites and structures. The exhibition at Sharjah Art Foundation features three bodies of work that investigate our relationship to the urban landscape. Using industrial materials such as concrete, rubber and glass, Rechmaoui creates totem-like structures that look like building fragments and functions as objects to contemplate the makings of urban archaeology. Until Sunday, February 2; Sharjah Art Foundation; www.sharjahart.org
Seven designers have taken inspiration from the date palm, a symbol of tradition in the Emirates. Commissioned by 1971 – Design Space, the works include textile installations and couture garments. Fashcultivate celebrates the practical use and symbolic significance of the plant. It is co-curated by fashion designer Khulood Thani and gallery head Fatma Al Mahmoud, who have collaborated with architect and academic Sandra Piesik to develop research on the date palm and the materials that can be developed from it.
Until Saturday, February 8; 1971 – Design Space; www.1971design.ae
This is Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s first major retrospective in the region, with 70 works that span the Iranian artist’s six-decade career. By tracing the progression of her practice, from her 1970s sculptures to her rare collages from the 1980s and a number of her final drawings, the show offers visitors a deeper understanding of the themes and techniques she became known for. Her popular mirror mosaics are on view, along with works that are being shown to the public for the first time. Until Saturday, December 28; Al Hamriyah Studios, Sharjah Art Foundation; www.sharjahart.org