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March Meeting 2014 - Come Together

Conceived by SB12 curator Eungie Joo as an integral part of the Biennial—opening in March 2015—the seventh annual MM 2014 is a four-day symposium including presentations about past projects in Sharjah and the UAE, introductions to the work of artists who will be commissioned for SB12, sessions for collective research and analysis, keynote presentations by leading figures in the region, and time for informal conversation. As a departure point for SB12, MM2014 sets a tone of collaboration and exchange for the coming year.

March Meeting 2014 will coincide with exhibitions of work by Rasheed Araeen, Susan Hefuna, and Wael Shawky, on view March 13 through June 13. The March Project opens March 16, featuring new commissions by early career artists, curated by SAF President and Director Hoor Al Qasimi.

March Meeting is free and open to all on a first-come first-serve basis.

Venue: SAF Art Spaces GH

Thursday, 13 March

Welcome by Abdullah Al Owais (Sharjah Department of Culture and Information)
Introduction by SAF President Hoor Al-Qasimi and SB12 curator Eungie Joo

Sustained engagements -Tarek Atoui, CAMP, Abdullah Al Saadi

From Here #1: Doryun Chong (M+ Museum) on "Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant Garde"

Case studies #1: Developing a language of cultural production - Leonor Antunes, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Michael Joo, and Wael Shawky

Discussion session led by Sarah Rifky (Beirut) and Eungie Joo

Opening Reception: Exhibitions by
Susan Hefuna, Wael Shawky, Rasheed Araeen
(more information - see below)

Screening - Traitors (2012) by Sean Gullette

Friday, 14 March

Keynote #1: History of cultural production and institutions in Sharjah - Hisham Al Madhloum (Sharjah Directorate of Art)

Case studies #2: Engaging with a place, a moment, a built environment - Iman Issa, Hassan Khan, Rayyane Tabet, Danh Vo

Keynote #2: Christine Tohme (Ashkal Alwan) in conversation

Collective research session #1: "International Art Exhibition in Solidarity with Palestine" - Kristine Khouri and Rasha Salti

Collective research session #2: From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2013) - Screening and discussion with CAMP

Saturday, 15 March

From Here #2: On building a collection - Rodrigo Moura (Instituto Inhotim) and Hoor Al-Qasimi (SAF)

Keynote #3: Tarek Abou El Fetouh

Case studies #3: After History - Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Nikhil Chopra, Ntone Edjabe, Cinthia Marcelle, and Adrián Villar Rojas

Collective research session #3: Samia Rab (American University in Sharjah)

Discussion session led by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Collective research session #4: The Ugly One - Screening and discussion with Eric Baudelaire

Sunday, 16 March

From here #4: Imagining the future - Mohammed Hafiz (Athr Gallery), Sarah Rifky (Beirut), Gabi Ngcobo (Center for Historical Reenactments), Zeynep Oz (SPOT)

Closing discussion session

Opening Reception: "The March Project"
(more information - see below)

Collective Research #5: Revisiting Tarab (2013) Project - screening of film by Fouad Elkoury and discussion with the filmmaker and Tarek Atoui

Parallel exhibitions and projects
of the Sharjah Art Foundation:

Ahmed Mater: 100 Found Objects
SAF Art Spaces: Building F
22 Feb. - 22 May 2014

Eduard Puterbrot: Between my East and my West
SAF Art Spaces: Building J
22 Feb. - 22 May 2014

Abdullah Al Saadi: Al-Toubay
Bait Hussain Makrani and Bait Hassan Mukhtar
22 Feb. - 22 May 2014

Rasheed Araeen: Before and After Minimalism
SAF Art Spaces: Building I
13 March - 13 June 2014

Susan Hefuna: Another Place
Bait Al Serkal, Arts Area, Al Shuweiheen
13 March - 13 June 2014

Wael Shawky
SAF Art Spaces: Building P, Bait Al Aboudi, Bait Gholoum Ibrahim
13 March - 13 June 2014

March Project
SAF Art Spaces
16 March - 16 June 2014

The March Project is a programme for young and upcoming artists that aims to provide an opportunity to research, realise and present site-specific works in March 2014 through a series of professional development courses, seminars, exhibitions, site visits, and talks led by art practitioners. Nine participants were chosen from the UAE and abroad, some of them are recent graduates from institutions such as Slade School of Fine Art (UK), MASS Alexandria (Egypt), Al Riwaq (Bahrain), Higher Colleges of Technology Sharjah (UAE), and Zayed University (UAE).

(Based on information by Sharjah Art Foundation)

March Meeting 2014 - Come Together
13 - 16 March 2014

Venue: SAF Art Spaces GH

Organised by Eungie Joo and
Sharjah Art Foundation

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