Artists: Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Etel Adnan, Babak Afrassiabi, Abdullah Al Saadi, Rheim Alkadhi, Ayreen Anastas, Leonor Antunes, Uriel Barthélémi, Eric Baudelaire, Mark Bradford, Unnikrishnan C., Chimurenga, Nikhil Chopra, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Chung Chang-Sup, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Papy Ebotani, Rene Gabri, Ahmad Ghossein, Im Heung-Soon, Iman Issa, Michael Joo, Maryam Kashani, Mohammed Kazem, Hassan Khan, Kristine Khouri, Beom Kim, Byron Kim, Lala Rukh, Lee Kit , Jac Leirner, Faustin Linyekula, Jawshing Arthur Liou, Cinthia Marcelle, Rodney McMillian, Julie Mehretu, mixrice, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Eduardo Navarro, Damián Ortega, Rasha Salti, Hassan Sharif, Taro Shinoda, Gary Simmons, Nasrin Tabatabai, Rayyane Tabet, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Adrián Villar Rojas, Danh Vo, Xu Tan, Haegue Yang, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara, Fahrelnissa Zeid
Venue: Various Locations, Sharjah; Kalba, United Arab Emirites
Exhibition Title: Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible
Curated by: Eungie Joo with Ryan Inouye
Date: March 5 – June 5, 2015
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of the Sharjah Art Foundation
Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible (SB12) opens on Thursday, 5 March, 2015, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and H.E. Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation.
Curated by Eungie Joo with associate curator Ryan Inouye, SB12 includes works by more than fifty artists and cultural practitioners from twenty-five countries, with over two thirds of the participants presenting new work and commissions. SB12 takes place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, crossing the emirate to sites in and around the city, as well as in the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman, and will be on view through 5 June, 2015.
Rather than conforming to proscribed themes, works in SB12 are presented in conversation with each other. Challenging modes of participation and engagement, The past the present, the possible invites participants and the public to reflect upon the possibilities and ambitions of Sharjah, a city and emirate still in the process of imagining itself through education, culture, religion, heritage and science. SB12 acknowledges the centrality of the present—respecting the past, but rejecting nostalgia and the burden of history in favour of productive imaginings of the possible. These perspectives resonate with the ideas of philosopher Henri Lefebvre in his essay The Right to the City (1967), which inspired the exhibition’s title.
Beginning with March Meeting 2014: Come Together and continuing through March Meeting 2015 (11–15 May, 2015), SB12 has developed over two years of site visits, research trips and production. Many of the works are site-specific and location figures prominently in several new projects, from material elements, negotiations of space and time, and even methods of collaboration.
SB12 spreads further into the city than previous editions of the Biennial, with Michael Joo’s new commission featured across Sharjah Creek in a warehouse at Port Khalid, and Hassan Khan’s intervention at The Flying Saucer, an iconic building built in the 1970s. Installations by Mohammed Kazem and mixrice are found within Souq Al Shanasiyah, and Abraham Cruzvillegas’ site-specific sculptures can be seen at the Bird and Animal Market. In Kalba, Adrián Villar Rojas’ massive intervention covers the entire site of the city’s old Ice Factory.
The extensive SAF Art Spaces include new commissions by Abdullah Al Saadi, Iman Issa, Cinthia Marcelle, Taro Shinoda, Rayyane Tabet, Haegue Yang and other new commissions and works. Gary Simmons’ Across the Chalkline takes the form of a cricket field for children, while Rirkrit Tiravanija’s untitled 2015 (Eau de RRose of Damascus) transforms Calligraphers’ Studios into a rose garden, rosewater distillery, kitchen and lounge. At Sharjah Art Museum, works by Hassan Sharif include those created in 1985 at Sharjah’s Al Mareija Art Atelier funded in the 1980s in Al Mureijah, the area where SAF Art spaces now stand, and Byron Kim’s newly commissioned ليل†المدينة (City Night). Also on view in the Arts Area, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s mixed-media installation, The Incidental Insurgents at Bait Al Serkal and Mark Bradford’s Untitled (Buoy) on the façade of Bait Obaid Al Shamsi.
Across the various exhibition spaces, are major presentations of historic works by senior artists including Etel Adnan, Chung Chang-Sup, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara and Fahrelnissa Zeid. While primarily produced from the 1940s to 1990s, the works remain incredibly relevant today and together form the backbone of the Biennial.
Link: Sharjah Biennial 12