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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
19 March - 16 May 2009
Director: Hoor Al Qasimi
Artistic director: Jack Persekian
Curator, exhibition: Isabel Carlos
Curator, performance and film:
Tarek Abou El Fetouh
The 9th edition of the Sharjah Biennial comprised three components during its opening week: The main exhibition entitled "Provisions for the Future" curated by Isabel Carlos; the performance/film program "Past of the Coming Days" curated by Tarek Abu El Fetouh, and the March Meetings, a series of workshops, round tables and lectures. Even though it was smaller in scale, with a strong regional focus, and organized with more professional routine, one would have needed a lot of time to follow the strict schedule required for the dense film and performance program of this 9th Sharjah Biennial.
The organizers decided to have the Biennial opening days coinciding with the glamorous Art Dubai in the neighbouring Emirate. One can doubt that this has brought such great advantages. Perhaps the Biennial got more visitors in numbers. It seems, though, that not only those who came from Dubai, but also their regular guests spent less time in Sharjah this year in order to cover everything possible in just few days.
Our photographic tour gives some impressions of the event.
Discussions, presentations, workshops, 16 - 18 March
Sharjah Biennial is organised by Sharjah Art Foundation, which brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region.
Since 1993, Sharjah Biennial has commissioned, produced and presented large-scale public installations, performances and films, offering artists from the region and beyond an internationally recognised platform for exhibition and experimentation.