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Al Hisn

Artists at this venue:
Saodat Ismailova, Berni Searle

Al Hisn

Built in 1823 to fortify the city, Al Hisn [the fort] was the former seat of the Sharjah government and the residence of the Al Qasimi family. The building was constructed from locally sourced coral stones, covered in a mortar of coral rubble and mud called ‘sarooj’, and supported and decorated with mangrove wood and teak. In 1970, the original structure underwent a neartotal demolition. Recognising the historical value of the fort, His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, then a student in Cairo, returned to Sharjah to salvage original building materials. In the late 1990s, Al Hisn was restored under his guidance and is now a heritage museum.
(From the SB15 Guidebook)

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Sharjah Biennial 15, 2023
Thinking Historically in the Present

7 February - 11 June 2023
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi,
based on the concept of Okwui Enwezor who was invited to curate SB15 before his untimely passing in 2019

List of artists
Over 150 participants from more than 70 countries

SB15 Working Group, Enwezor’s longtime collaborators:
Tarek Abou El Fetouh, Ute Meta Bauer, Salah M. Hassan, Chika Okeke-Agulu, Octavio Zaya

SB15 Advisory Committee:
Sir David Adjaye OBE, Christine Tohmé

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