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The Flying Saucer

Artists at this venue:
Tahila Mintz, Kambui Olujimi

The Flying Saucer

The Flying Saucer, an iconic star-shaped building designed by Aly Noor El Din Nassar has continuously informed Sharjah’s cultural landscape since its opening in 1978. Situated at the intersection of Dasman, Ghubaibah, Yarmouk and Ramla, it was conceived as a one-stop shop combining a restaurant, French patisserie, delicatessen, newsstand, tobacconist and gift shop. While its radial symmetry and panoramic façade always evoked a futuristic ethos, the building’s original brutalist architecture was revealed following partial restorations in 2015, three years after the Foundation acquired it. Further renovations in 2018, which restored its original silhouette, led to a nomination for the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2022.
(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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