Sharjah, United Arab Emirates,
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April
2022
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15:00 PM
Europe/Amsterdam

Sharjah Art Foundation Brings Together Over 150 Artists From More Than 70 Countries for Sharjah Biennial 15

Thinking Historically in the Present Reflects on the Vision of the Late Okwui Enwezor

Summary

Never-before-seen Works and Commissions to be Presented at Venues Across the Emirate of Sharjah

Photo by Ali Omran. Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Photo by Ali Omran. Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) today announced a list of over 150 artists from more than 70 countries participating in the 15th edition of the Sharjah Biennial. Conceived by the late Okwui Enwezor and curated by the Foundation’s Director Hoor Al Qasimi, Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present reflects on Enwezor’s visionary work, which transformed contemporary art and has influenced the evolution of institutions and biennials around the world, including the Sharjah Biennial. Presented at more than 16 venues across the emirate of Sharjah, including a vegetable market, power station and former kindergarten, the Biennial features many never-before-seen works, including 30 major commissions. Free and open to the public, Sharjah Biennial 15 runs 7 February through 11 June 2023, with opening week events from 7 February to 12 February.

“Owkui saw Sharjah Biennial’s 30-year anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on the role that biennials serve in the ecosystem of contemporary art, particularly the Sharjah Biennial itself and the broader Foundation that grew from it. With gratitude to Okwui and the ambitious intellectual project he conceived, we are organising a Biennial that builds on and honours his vision to probe the past, present and future role that biennials and institutions, including the Sharjah Biennial and the Foundation, can serve. We look forward to welcoming local audiences and visitors from around the world to reflect on the themes the Biennial explores and the wide-ranging perspectives of the participating artists,” said Al Qasimi.

For Enwezor, the contemporary art exhibition provided a means to engage with history, politics and society in our global present. He envisioned the invitation to curate this edition of the Sharjah Biennial as a way to contribute to the Biennial’s history and that of the overarching Foundation, as well as a means of exploring their role in addressing the need for institutional models outside of the West that support contemporary art production, presentation and dialogue that is responsive to our times. To mark the Sharjah Biennial’s 30-year anniversary, Enwezor proposed commissioning 30 works for the Biennial as a way to meaningfully activate this critical platform through the development of new work. In line with this framework, 30 artists have been invited to embark on major commissions that explore histories that continue to shape our present: John Akomfrah, Kader Attia, Sammy Baloji, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Carolina Caycedo, Destiny Deacon, Manthia Diawara, Coco Fusco, Hassan Hajjaj, Mona Hatoum, Lubaina Himid, Isaac Julien, Amar Kanwar, Bouchra Khalili, Mohammed Ibrahim Mahama, Kerry James Marshall, Steve McQueen, Almagul Menlibayeva, Aline Motta, Wangechi Mutu, Philippe Parreno, Doris Salcedo, Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare, Vivan Sundaram, Fatimah Tuggar, Hajra Waheed, Barbara Walker, Nari Ward and Carrie Mae Weems.

As another integral part of Enwezor’s plans, the 2022 and 2021 iterations of March Meeting – the Foundation’s annual convening of artists, curators and arts practitioners to explore critical issues in contemporary art – served as a collective prelude to the upcoming Sharjah Biennial 15. March Meeting 2021: Unraveling the Present examined the 30-year history of the Sharjah Biennial and the future of the biennial model; while March Meeting 2022: The Afterlives of the Postcolonial examined the legacies of colonialism and the contemporary impacts of related issues on cultural, aesthetic and artistic practices around the world. March Meeting 2023 continues the exploration of the Sharjah Biennial 15 themes while the exhibition is on view, from 9 March through 12 March 2023.

Thinking Historically in the Present is being realised by Al Qasimi as curator in conjunction with the Sharjah Biennial 15 Working Group, comprised of Tarek Abou El Fetouh (independent curator); Ute Meta Bauer (professor and Founding Director of NTU CCA Singapore); Salah M Hassan (professor and art historian, Cornell University and Director of The Africa Institute, Sharjah); Chika Okeke-Agulu (professor and art historian, Princeton University); and Octavio Zaya (independent curator, art writer and Executive Director of the Cuban Art Foundation). Al Qasimi and the Working Group are overseeing the development and implementation of the Biennial with an Advisory Committee that includes Sir David Adjaye (architect) and Christine Tohmé (Director, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut).

SHARJAH BIENNIAL 15 PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

*list in formation

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme

Maitha Abdalla

Fathi Afifi

Hoda Afshar

John Akomfrah

Jawad Al Malhi

Monira Al Qadiri

Farah Al Qasimi

Mounira Al Solh

Moza Almatrooshi

Marwah AlMugait

Hangama Amiri

Brook Andrew

Malala Andrialavidrazana

Rushdi Anwar

Kader Attia

Au Sow Yee

Dana Awartani

Omar Badsha

Natalie Ball

Sammy Baloji

Mirna Bamieh

Pablo Bartholomew and Richard Bartholomew

Shiraz Bayjoo

Bahar Behbahani

Asma Belhamar

Diedrick Brackens

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Cao Fei

Carolina Caycedo

Ali Cherri

Wook-kyung Choi

Iftikhar Dadi and Elizabeth Dadi

Solmaz Daryani

Annalee Davis

Destiny Deacon

Manthia Diawara

Imane Djamil

Anju Dodiya

Kimathi Donkor

Heri Dono

Tania El Khoury

Nabil El Makhloufi

Rehab Eldalil

Ali Eyal

Marianne Fahmy

Brenda Fajardo

Raheleh Filsoofi

Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani

Coco Fusco

Flavia Gandolfo

Theaster Gates

Gabriela Golder

Gabrielle Goliath

Yulia Grigoryants

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige

Hassan Hajjaj

David Hammons

Archana Hande

Fathi Hassan

Mona Hatoum

Lubaina Himid

Laura Huertas Millán

Saodat Ismailova

Isaac Julien

Saddam Jumaily

Patricia Kaersenhout

Robyn Kahukiwa

Reena Saini Kallat

Hanni Kamaly

Amar Kanwar

Bouchra Khalili

Naiza Khan

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Ayoung Kim

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Hiroji Kubota

Nusra Latif Qureshi

Lee Kai Chung

Ibrahim Mahama

Waheeda Malullah

Maharani Mancanagara

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Lavanya Mani

Kerry James Marshall

Queenie McKenzie

Steve McQueen

Marisol Mendez

Almagul Menlibayeva

Helina Metaferia

Kimowan Metchewais

Meleanna Meyer

Joiri Minaya

Tahila Mintz

Roméo Mivekannin

Tracey Moffatt

Aline Motta

Wangechi Mutu

Eubena Nampitjin

Dala Nasser

Pipo Nguyen-Duy

Mame-Diarra Niang

Shelley Niro

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi

Elia Nurvista

Okwui Okpokwasili

Kambui Olujimi

Zohra Opoku

Erkan Özgen

Pak Khawateen Painting Club

Pushpakanthan Pakkiyarajah

Hyesoo Park

Philippe Parreno

Angela Ponce

Prajakta Potnis

Anita Pouchard Serra

Jasbir Puar and Dima Srouji

Michael Rakowitz

Umar Rashid

Wendy Red Star

Veronica Ryan

Doris Salcedo

Abdulrahim Salem

Sangeeta Sandrasegar

Varunika Saraf

Khadija Saye

Berni Searle

Mithu Sen

Nelly Sethna

Aziza Shadenova

Smita Sharma

Nilima Sheikh

Yinka Shonibare

Felix Shumba

Semsar Siahaan

Mary Sibande

Kahurangiariki Smith

Inuuteq Storch

Vivan Sundaram

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

Obaid Suroor

The Living and the Dead Ensemble

Hank Willis Thomas

Akeim Toussaint Buck

Fatimah Tuggar

Hajra Waheed

Barbara Walker

Wang Jianwei

Nari Ward

Carrie Mae Weems

Nil Yalter
 

Visiting Sharjah Biennial 15

Admission is free and open to the public, 7 February through 11 June 2023. Visit sharjahart.org for more information.

About March Meeting 2021 and 2022

March Meeting 2021: Unraveling the Present examined the 30-year history of the Sharjah Biennial and the future of the biennial model. All talks and panels from March Meeting 2021, which drew more than 4,000 attendees from around the world, are available online at: sharjahart.org/march-meeting-2021/programme. The March Meeting Papers, a series of eleven commissioned essays by art historians and scholars chosen through the March Meeting 2021 open call, are also available online at: sharjahart.org/sharjah-art-foundation/publications/march-meeting-papers.

The 2022 edition of March Meeting continued these explorations and dialogue in the lead up to Thinking Historically in the Present with March Meeting 2022: The Afterlives of the Postcolonial examining the legacies of colonialism and the contemporary impacts of related issues on cultural, aesthetic and artistic practices around the world.

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