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SAF Frühjahrsausstellungen 2024

Veranstalter: Sharjah Art Foundation
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Gavin Jantjes: To Be Free! A Retrospective 1970–2023

18 November 2023–10 March 2024
Gallery 4, 5 & 6
Al Mureijah Art Spaces

Organised by Whitechapel Gallery and Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with The Africa Institute, Sharjah. Curated by Salah M. Hassan, in collaboration with Gilane Tawadros and Cameron Foote.

The exhibition will travel to the Whitechapel Gallery, London, where it will be on view 12 June – 1 September 2024.

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In the eyes of our present, we hear Palestine

23 December 2023–14 April 2024
Old Al Dhaid Clinic
Al Dhaid, Sharjah

This special exhibition presents over 60 works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, showcasing the creativity of artists who have dedicated their practice to informing and educating audiences on the history of Palestine—the occupation, the current political situation and issues of human rights. While bearing witness to forced displacement and devastating loss, the works also celebrate the rich identity and heritage of Palestine, invoking a spirit of solidarity.

Spanning from the late 1950s to the present, the works in the exhibition are by artists from Palestine and neighbouring countries. Together, these paintings, sculptures, installations and videos offer a glimpse into the challenges and hopes of the Palestinian community. The exhibition includes works by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Adel Abidin, Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Simone Fattal, Tarek Al Ghoussein, Shadi Habib Allah, Hazem Harb, Mona Hatoum, Emily Jacir, Najat Makki, Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle, Rashid Masharawi, Khalil Rabah, Mario Rizzi, Raeda Saadeh, Mona Saudi, Basma Al Sharif, Nida Sinnokrot, Sharif Waked, Kamal Youssef and Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara.

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Henok Melkamzer: Telsem Symbols and Imagery

24 February–16 June 2024
Sharjah Art Museum

With more than 100 works, many on view for the first time, this exhibition is the largest solo presentation by telsem artist Henok Melkamzer, offering audiences a rare look at this distinctive Ethiopian art form. Traditionally termed a healing or talisman art, telsem is actually a sophisticated visual art form that incorporates philosophy and intricate themes into various symbols, drawings and texts imbued with deeper meanings.

Combining ancient inspirations with modern idioms, the artist’s canvas works reconstruct the conventions of this traditional art form and broaden the understanding of ‘modern’ art.

Organised in collaboration with The Africa Institute, Sharjah, and Sharjah Museums Authority.

Curated by Elizabeth Giorgis, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism, The Africa Institute.

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Lala Rukh: In the Round

24 February–16 June 2024
Galleries 1, 2 & 3
Al Mureijah Art Spaces

The first major international survey of work by Lala Rukh reflects on three decades of the late artist and activist’s work in drawing, printmaking and video, produced against the backdrop of political turmoil and feminist movements in Pakistan. Her poetic compositions depict horizons, lunar movements, bodies of water, coastlines and archaeological sites, capturing a gradient of rhythms through her pared-down vocabulary of lines, ciphers and blackness.

The exhibition features rarely seen works from the early years of her practice, alongside original posters, publications and interviews with her collaborators during the time she was championing gender justice and civic rights. In addition to key archival material, In The Round brings together works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection as well as lesser-known series from Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan’s Gadani shoreline. Her final work, Rupak (2016), which represents a seamless intertwining of mark making, musicality and silence, is also exhibited for the first time in the region.

Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, and Natasha Ginwala, co-curator of Sharjah Biennial 16 and Artistic Director of COLOMBOSCOPE.

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The Casablanca Art School: Platforms and Patterns for a Postcolonial Avant-Garde (1962–1987)

24 February–16 June 2024
Al Hamriyah Studios and Old Al Diwan Al Amiri
Al Hamriyah

Following its acclaimed showing at Tate St Ives, Sharjah Art Foundation presents the first major museum exhibition of works of the Casablanca Art School, whose revolutionary approach following Morocco’s independence in 1956 proposed a bold new visual culture. The Casablanca Art School was a pivotal movement that transformed the development of Moroccan modernism through public engagement, revalorisation of tradition, radical pedagogy and international solidarity. This landmark exhibition looks back at key moments in the development of the School by bringing together a wide range of works by more than 20 artists, from abstract paintings and graphic art to craftwork and ceramics, as well as a careful selection of rarely seen archival material.

Co-organised by Sharjah Art Foundation and Tate St Ives in collaboration with Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

Curated by Morad Montazami and Madeleine de Colnet for Zamân Books & Curating with Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, and with associate researchers Fatima-Zahra Lakrissa and Maud Houssais.

The exhibition is also part of a key moment of international research into the Casablanca Art School, initiated in 2020 by KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Sharjah Art Foundation, in partnership with Goethe-Institut Marokko, ThinkArt and Zamân Books & Curating.

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(From press information. Images: Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.)


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