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Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, is a practising artist who received her BFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2002), a Diploma in Painting from the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2005) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London (2008). In 2003, she was appointed curator of Sharjah Biennial 6 and has since continued as the Biennial Director.
Al Qasimi serves on the Board of Directors for MoMA PS1, New York; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; International Biennial Association, Gwangju; Ashkal Alwan, Beirut and Darat Al Funun, Amman. She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the College of Art and Design, University of Sharjah; member of the Advisory Board for Khoj International Artists' Association, New Delhi, and former member of the Advisory Board at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013-2016). She has served on the juries and prize panels for the Maria Lassnig Prize (2017), Mediacity Seoul Prize (2016), Hepworth Wakefield Prize for Sculpture (2016), Prince Claus Awards (2016), Berlin International Film Festival - Berlinale Shorts (2016), Videobrasil (2015), Dubai International Film Festival (2014) and Benesse Prize (2013).
Recent curatorial projects include major retrospectives Yayoi Kusama: Dot Obsessions (2016-2017), Robert Breer: Time Flies (2016-2017), Simone Fattal (2016) and Farideh Lashai (2016) as well as 1980-Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates, UAE Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Rasheed Araeen: Before and After Minimalism (2014) and Susan Hefuna: Another Place (2014). Al Qasimi was co-curator for Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige: Two Suns in a Sunset (2016), exhibited not only in Sharjah but also at Jeu de Paume, Paris; Haus der Kunst, Munich and IVAM, Valencia (forthcoming). She co-curated the major survey shows When Art Becomes Liberty: The Egyptian Surrealists (1938-1965) (2016) and The Khartoum School: The Making of the Modem Art Movement in Sudan (1945-Present) (2016-2017).
(From press information.
Photo: Nato Welton, Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation.)
Articles and Features related to Hoor Al Qasimi in UiU:
Sharjah Biennial - UiU Specials
Universes in Universe has featured all editions of the Sharjah Biennial since 2003
1980-Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates
National Pavilion of the UAE, 56th Venice Biennale 2015, curated by Hoor Al Qasimi. Commissioner: The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation. UiU Special Feature.
When Art Becomes Liberty
The Egyptian Surrealists (1938-1965), and their relationship with their international counterparts. Palace of Arts, Cairo, 2016. Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi and Dr Salah M. Hassan. Review by Lucrezia Cippitelli.
Abdullah Al Saadi: Al-Toubay
Photo Tour through the exhibition of the Emirati artist in Sharjah, Febr. - May 2014, curator: Hoor Al Qasimi. Visit to his studio in Khorfakkan.
Rasheed Araeen: Before and After Minimalism
Early artworks, seminal works and participatory projects, new commissioned sculpture. March - June 2014, SAF Art Spaces, Sharjah, UAE. Interview with the artist. By Hoor Al Qasimi
Wael Shawky: Horsemen Adore Perfumes and other stories
Videos, installations and drawings highlighting how history is rewritten, documented and interpreted. March - June 2014, SAF Art Spaces, Sharjah, UAE. Interview with the artist. By Hoor Al Qasimi
Susan Hefuna: Another Place
Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah, UAE, March - June 2014, curator: Hoor Al Qasimi. Essay about her work, on the spaces we seek and the places we make to be able to face others, and ourselves. By Bettina Mathes.
Interview with Hoor Al Qasimi - 2013
The President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation - organizer of the Biennial - about SAF's development, vision, audiences, programs. By Pat Binder & Gerhard Haupt
5 parts, Oct. 2016 - Oct. 2017
Exhibitions, programmes, projects in Sharjah, Beirut, Dakar, Ramallah, Istanbul.
Main exhibition and programme in
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates:
12 March - 12 June 2017
Opening programme: 10 - 14 March 2017
President and Director of the
Sharjah Art Foundation: Hoor Al Qasimi