artists & participants

A.S.T Noor AbuarafehAbbas AkhavanAbdullah Al SaadiTamara Al SamerraeiShadi Habib Allah Allora & CalzadillaMaria Thereza AlvesKader AttiaTonico Lemos AuadIsmail BahriSarnath BanerjeeYto BarradaDiann BauerFatma Belkis IsikAbdelkader BenchammaUrsula Biemann Boulbina Mariana Castillo DeballEric ChenJonathas de AndradeRoy DibVikram DivechaBaris DogrusözKoo DongheeKeller EasterlingMandy El-SayeghInci EvinerEmkal EyongakpaFuture FarmersHarun Farocki FuturefarmersDaniele GenadryFelice GrodinDeniz GulLawrence Abu HamdanTaloi HaviniCharles HellerAliocha ImhoffTakashi IshidaIman Issa Iz ÖztatLamia JoreigeElite KedanChristoph KellerSamir KhaddajMahmoud KhaledNesrine KhodrSeloua LustePatricia M. HernandezBasim Magdy MetahavenHind Mezaina Mochu Oscar MurilloJoe NamyUriel OrlowThe Otolith GroupChristodoulos PanayiotouLorenzo PezzaniFehras Publishing PracticesKantuta QuirosKhalil RabahJon Rafman Raqs Media CollectiveStephanie SaadeNatascha Sadr HaghighianGhassan SalhabRoy SamahaMassinissa SelmaniAshkan SepahvandDineo Seshee​ BopapeSetareh ShahbaziNida SinnokrotWalid SitiMonika SosnowskaHito SteyerlZhou TaoPaulo TavaresYasmine TerkiMario Garcia TorresJorinde VoigtJames WebbJames WebbKarine WehbeRain WuPaola YacoubFathi Zamroud 

curator

press release

The Opening Week Programme takes place from 10 - 14 March, and includes the annual March Meeting, performances, film screenings and talks.

Curated by Christine Tohme, Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj unfolds in five parts from October 2016 through October 2017. Featuring over fifty international artists, the biennial encompasses exhibitions and a public programme in two acts in Sharjah and Beirut; a year-long education programme in Sharjah; projects in Dakar, Ramallah, Istanbul and Beirut; and an online publishing platform.

Tamawuj, a noun in Arabic which is defined as a rising and falling in waves, but also a flowing, swelling, surging, fluctuation or a wavy undulating appearance outline or form, is reflective of SB13’s aims to cultivate collaborations, infrastructures and strategies within Sharjah and the project localities. The Biennial poses questions around, and proposes answers to the conditions for the possibility of an art world. In a region currently being invested with larger institutions and lesser infrastructures, SB13 will cross from the ideal to the material. Vital interventions will stretch the idea of the biennial in order to traverse rooted contexts, harnessing the agility and fragility of present informal networks.

The five parts of SB13 are an online depository of research material, four projects curated by four Interlocutors outside of the UAE, a year-long education programme in Sharjah, a year-long online publishing platform and a public programme in two parts: Act I, the biennial exhibition and programme in Sharjah from March to June 2017, and Act II, the culmination of SB13 taking place in Beirut in October 2017.

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Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) is pleased to announce the list of over 60 artists participating in Act I of the forthcoming Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj (SB13):

Noor Abuarafeh, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Abbas Akhavan, Tamara Al Samerraei, Allora & Calzadilla, Maria Thereza Alves, Kader Attia, Tonico Lemos Auad, Ismaï​l Bahri, Sarnath Banerjee, Yto Barrada, Abdelkader Benchamma, Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Dineo Seshee​ Bopape, Jonathas de Andrade, Mariana Castillo Deball, Roy Dib, Vikram Divecha, Barış Doğrusöz, Koo Donghee, İ​nci Eviner, Emkal Eyongakpa, Harun Farocki, Fehras Publishing Practices, Future Farmers, Daniele Genadry, Deniz Gul, Shadi Habib Allah, Taloi Havini, Takashi Ishida, Iz Öztat and Fatma Belkıs Işık, Lamia Joreige, Christoph Keller, Samir Khaddaj, Mahmoud Khaled, Nesrine Khodr, Basim Magdy, Metahaven, Hind Mezaina, Mochu, Oscar Murillo, Joe Namy, Uriel Orlow, The Otolith Group, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Khalil Rabah, Raqs Media Collective, Stéphanie Saadé, Abdullah Al Saadi, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Ghassan Salhab, Roy Samaha, Massinissa Selmani, Setareh Shahbazi, Nida Sinnokrot, Walid Siti, Monika Sosnowska, Zhou Tao, Mario Garcí​a Torres, Jorinde Voigt, James Webb, Rain Wu and Eric Chen, Paola Yacoub, Fathi Zamroud

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About Sharjah Biennial
Sharjah Biennial is organised by Sharjah Art Foundation, which brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region. Since 1993, Sharjah Biennial has commissioned, produced and presented large-scale public installations, performances, and films, offering artists from the region and beyond an internationally recognised platform for exhibition and experimentation.