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Sharjah International Biennial 7
Fouad Elkhoury . Al Taawan-Sharjah 2005

Sharjah International Biennial 7

Jumana Emil Abboud » Tarek Al-Ghoussein » Maja Bajevic » Ursula Biemann » Luchezar Boyadjiev » Sonia Boyce » Miguel Calderón » Claude Closky » Phil Collins » Com & Com » Minerva Cuevas » Pio Díaz » Rineke Dijkstra » Róza El-Hassan » Fouad Elkoury » YANG Fudong » Carlos Garaicoa » Ghazel » Natascha Sadr Haghighian » Rula Halawani » IRWIN » Emily Jacir » Mohammed Kazem » San Keller » Chris Kienke » Anna Kleberg » Tim Lee » Zoe Leonard » Nalini Malani » Tracey Moffatt » Ingrid Mwangi » Moataz M. Nasr » Olaf Nicolai » Otobong Nkanga » Marcel Odenbach » Marwan Rechmaoui » Mario Rizzi » Jayce Salloum » Allan Sekula » Shirana Shahbazi » Solmaz Shahbazi » Santiago Sierra » Beat Streuli » Vivan Sundaram » Kara Walker » Carey Young » & others

Festival: 6 Apr – 6 Jun 2005

Sharjah Biennial

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Sharjah

Sharjah Biennial

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Sharjah

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Sharjah International Biennial 7
Roza El-Hassan . "R. thinking/dreaming about overpopulation, blood-donation" series of actions on red cross territory, video still, 2001-2003

The Sharjah Biennial 7 addresses the rapid developments marking the region, but also raises the question of intersecting artistic traditions, and of partaking in "Globalised" art events. The Biennial is hosting over 70 artists and inviting biennial glitterati, local citizens and the vast expatriate community to consider the now vaporous landscapes of our professional, cultural and sociopolitical habitats. The very choice of the theme "Belonging" raises the question of what it means to endorse internationalised art practices outside the established, traditional centers of the arts. To which point must the event transcend local prerogatives, and in which way can it uphold its specificity without looking helpless or folkloric? Venues This year's Biennial will be held in the Sharjah Expo Centre and in the Sharjah Art Museum which is located in the Heritage Area. The museum houses a permanent art collection which is embedded in a local traditional style of architecture. Integrating parts of the Biennial within it is an attempt to engage with the structural parameters underlying the event. The Heritage Area around the museum is a network of small exhibition spaces, courtyards, alleyways and a souq. It mirrors a simple, unpretentious past, and the difficulties of reconstructing such a heritage within the fast-paced changes marking the Emirates today. Participants and visitors will have to position themselves within a kaleidoscopic fabric of archaeological assets, modern and postmodern architecture, a booming consumer culture, long-standing traditions, unprecedented immigration and other interfaces - including the biennial itself. Working with this setting implies awkward questions of voyeurism and collaboration, tourism and respect. The now standard issues of alterity and glocalisation could be tested to their limits, beyond the comfortable frame of a customary biennial. Commissions The Sharjah Biennial 7 has commissioned a large number of site-specific projects some of which will be installation pieces and some will be performative interventions offering yet another opportunity to contextualise without being quaint, to explore and highlight, rather than play down, the limits between the privileged discourse of the artworld and the realm of the profane. Symposia & Workshops The Biennial will also include an international symposium, a rountable discussion with the writers of the Sharjah Biennial 7 Catalogue and artists and students workshops organised in collaboration with the American University of Sharjah, and the University of Sharjah's College of Fine Arts. Sharjah Biennial Art Prizes Three Sharjah Biennial Prizes will be awarded for Best Work, Runner Up and Best Site Specific Work. Members of the Jury are Artist and Writer Walid Sadek, Curators and Critics Okwui Enwezor and Rina Carvajal. The Catalogue Edited by painter and art researcher Kamal Boullata, the bilingual catalogue includes essays by a constellation of international curators, scholars, and art and cultural critics. In addressing the theme of the biennial, their contributions provide a multifaceted insight into questions that challenge our inherited assumptions about home, identity, and belonging. Like the works of artists participating in the biennial, each essay broadens our perspective, allowing us to see across cultural divisions and beyond regional differences. Contributors: Frederick N. Bohrer, Nicolas Bourriaud, Boris Brollo, Laymert Garcia dos Santos, Jean Fisher, Elias Khoury, Joseph Massad, Khaled Mattawa, Gerardo Mosquera, Achille Bonito Oliva and Nadia Tazi. Biennial Team Director: Hoor Al Qasimi Head Curator: Jack Persekian Associate Curators: Kenneth Lum and Tirdad Zolghadr General Co-ordinator: Hisham Al Madhloum Biennial Co-ordinator: Mahita El Bacha Urieta Artists Co-ordinator: Maissa Alsuwaidi Contact Details info@sharjahbiennial.org http://www.sharjahbiennial.org T. + 971 6 5685050 F. + 971 6 5685800

Sharjah International Biennial 7
Tracey Moffatt Adventure Series, 2004 10 Colour prints on Fujiflex Paper 52" x 45" (132 x 114 cm) framed in white high glossy laquier wooden frames
Sharjah International Biennial 7
Mohammed Kazem