UAE's grandest art show, the 14th Sharjah Biennial, kick-starts in March

This year’s show is about ‘Leaving the Echo Chamber’ created by manufactured news and fictionalised histories. The 14th Sharjah Biennial will feature about 60 commissions by 90 artists from around the world.

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The 14th Sharjah Biennial, provocatively themed Leaving the Echo Chamber, kicks off on March 7 this year. The Sharjah Biennial has been taking place in UAE’s third largest metropolis, Sharjah, since its inception in 1993. According to the official website sharjahart.org, this year’s show will emphasise on “the possibilities and purpose of producing art when news is fed by a monopoly of sources, history is increasingly fictionalised, when ideas of ‘society’ are invariably displaced and when borders and beliefs are dictated by cultural, social and political systems.”Organised by Sharjah Art Foundation, the show explores the topics of migration, diaspora, time, comprehensive histories, and collective humanity and is open till June 10, 2019.

The curators of the art fiesta are Vietnamese author Zoe Butt, Egyptian artist and author Omar Kholeif and American art historian Claire Tancons. They will be showcasing three diverse exhibitions with some never-before-seen experiences. The manifold artworks will be displayed across buildings and regions in Sharjah city, including its arts and heritage regions. The Biennial will also host public installations, cinemas, talks and artistic performances.

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According to an article on the publishing platform e-flux, the show curated by Zoe Butt called Journey Beyond the Arrow will host approximately 28 renowned artists and”give deeper context to the movement of humanity and the tools that have enabled (or hindered) its survival”. Making New Time, an exhibition curated by Omar Kholeif, will help us understand “how material culture can be reimagined” through works by 30 artists. Look for Me All Around You, a show curated by Claire Tancons, will be”an open platform of migrant images and fugitive forms concerned with the alternatively dispossessive and repossessive disposition of diasporisation as an aporetic phenomenon of the contemporary.”

To get a detailed view of the Biennial and its list of artists, please visit here.

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Image source: Sharjah Art Foundation

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