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Sharjah Biennial 11
March 13 – May 13, 2013
Opening Week Programme: March 13 – 17, 2013
Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) announces new artists who will be presenting work at Sharjah Biennial 11 (SB11), March 13–May 13, 2013, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Last month, it was announced that Yuko Hasegawa has invited over 24 artists to create site-specific works. Among the confirmed new commissions are works by artists and filmmakers including Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Saâdane Afif, Tiffany Chung, Yang Fudong, Lucia Koch, Nasir Nasrallah, Ernesto Neto, Wael Shawky, Shahzia Sikander,and Ana Torfs.The Biennial will also feature a collaborative work by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Seigen Ono, and Shiro Takatani.
Hasegawa has now announced that the following artists will also be included in the Biennial: Ravi Agarwal, Nevin Aladag, Francis Alÿs, Jananne Al-Ani, Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Matthew Barney and Elizabeth Peyton, Luz Maria Bedoya, David Claerbout, Olafur Eliasson, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Shilpa Gupta, Yu-ichi Inoue, Lamia Joreige, Jesper Just, Amar Kanwar, Kan Xuan, Pablo Lobato, Basir Mahmood, Cinthia Marcelle, Taus Makhacheva, Angelica Mesiti, Otobong Nkanga, Gabriel Orozco, Khaled Sabsabi, Pascale Marthine Tayou,and Fumito Urabe. A performance by Japanese sound artist Ryoji Ikeda has also been confirmed andwill take place in April, as part of an ongoing programme of performances that will be presented throughout SB11.
OFFICE, Kersten Geers and David Van Severen will createa multi-site urban project. The OASIS project links SB11 Biennial venues and the North-East and South-West parts of Sharjah's historic centre which is divided by Bank street, a wide thoroughfare dating from the 1970s. The four OASIS gardens will have varying degrees of public accessibility, each creating a dialogue with specific urban contexts and their users.
Interventions will also include works by SANAA, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa; Studio Mumbai, Bijoy Jain;and SUPERFLEX, Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen, and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen.
A film programme curated by filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul will feature programming by leading figures in the film industry, including Steve Anker, Tilda Swinton, Mehelli Modi, Alcino Leite Neto, Khavn De La Cruz, Jean-Pierre Rehm, Ali Jaafar, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The programme will include evening screenings in an outdoor courtyard cinema in the new SAF spaces.
Sharjah Art Foundation New Art Spaces
The opening of SB11 will mark the inauguration of SAF’s five new multi-functional art spaces in the Sharjah Heritage Area which have been in development since 2009. With approximately 20,000 square feet of interior space, connected by open-air courtyards and roof-top terraces, these new spaces will provide venues for SAF’s growing activities and the increasing needs of its community.
SB11 Curatorial Concept
Inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecture—in particular the historical courtyards of Sharjah, where elements of both public and private life intertwine—Hasegawa proposes a new cultural cartography that reconsiders the relationships between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa to Latin America.
Sharjah Biennial Opening Week Programme & March Meeting Dates:
The Opening Week Programme will begin with the professional opening on March 13, 2013, followed by the evening Opening Gala Dinner and Biennial Awards ceremony. A full schedule of events March 13–17 will include performances, films, lectures, and the annual March Meeting, a three-day symposium.
Professional registration: register(at)sharjahart.org.
Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates
Maitha Al Jassim
Tel: +971-6-544-4113, ext. 17
FITZ & CO, New York
Tel: +1 212-627-1455 x 225
Sharjah Biennial 11
13 March - 13 May 2013
Opening week, March Meeting:
13 - 17 March 2013
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Towards a New Cultural Cartography
See the curatorial concept
President and Director of the
Sharjah Art Foundation: Hoor Al-Qasimi
Curator: Yuko Hasegawa
List including biographical data
Organizer: Sharjah Art Foundation
Official website: www.sharjahart.org