Sharjah Art Foundation Announces March Meeting and Spring 2022 Exhibitions

The Sharjah Art Foundation today announced its Spring 2022 programme, featuring the 14th edition of the Foundation’s March Annual Meeting and a wide range of solo exhibitions by pioneering contemporary artists from the MEASA region.

Building on the 2021 edition, March Meeting 2022 falls within the theoretical framework of Sharjah Biennale 15: Thinking Historically in the Present, which will open in February 2023. The Spring 2022 program also includes major solo exhibitions of works by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Khalil Rabah, CAMP, Aref El Rayess and Gerald Annan-Forson.

Taking place online and in person from March 5-7, 2022, March Meeting 2022: The Afterlives of the Postcolonial examines the legacies of colonialism and the contemporary impacts of related issues on cultural, aesthetic and artistic practices around the world. The three-day program brings together key voices from art and academia to discuss contemporary art and issues through a postcolonial lens, covering a wide range of topics including racism, settler colonialism, apartheid, social movements including Black Lives Matter, Indigenous rights, climate change and the restitution and repatriation of looted items. The March 2022 meeting, in tandem with the March 2021 meeting: Untangling the Present, is an integral part of the Sharjah Biennale 15: Thinking Historically in the Present (SB15) framework established by the late Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019). SB15 is organized by Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with the SB15 Working Group and Advisory Committee. Registration for the online and in-person components of the March 2022 meeting is now live at this link.

Alongside March Meeting, the Spring 2022 exhibition program features Lawrence Abu Hamdan: The Sonic Image, the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date, featuring three significant new bodies of work, a large-scale commissioned installation by the SAF, as well as a site-specific performance. The season also includes Khalil Rabah: What Is Not, a major exhibition of conceptual artist Khalil Rabah’s work from the 1990s to the present, examining states of emergency and displacement, and CAMP: Passages Through gateways, an exhibition of the work of the Mumbai-based collaboration. CAMP studio featuring video, audio and archival works – including works featured at Sharjah Biennale 9, 10 and 11 – that analyze technology, surveillance and public health. Additionally, the Foundation partners with other institutions in Sharjah to produce major retrospectives for the late Lebanese artist Aref El Rayess, organized in collaboration with the Sharjah Museums Authority, and Ghanaian photographer Gerald Annan-Forson, organized in collaboration with The Africa Institute.

Detailed information on the Foundation’s Spring 2022 program is presented below:

Aref El Rayess

February 26-August 7, 2022
Sharjah Art Museum

This major retrospective presents a largely unknown work by the prolific Lebanese artist Aref El Rayess (1928-2005). The exhibition includes a wide range of paintings, drawings, works on paper, sculptures and tapestries which together reveal the rich and complex artistic practice of this important Arab modernist. Organized by the Sharjah Art Foundation and the Sharjah Museums Authority, the exhibition is curated by Catherine David, who has long worked in the artist’s archive.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: The Sonic Image

March 4-July 4, 2022
Sharjah Art Foundation – Galleries 4, 5 and 6, Al Mureijah Square

In his largest solo exhibition of new work to date, award-winning artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan brings together a selection of multi-sensory new commands and recent works that explore the question: can the frequencies, simulations and stimulations of sound reveal hidden narratives of history? Outlining the intangible forms of colonization, Abu Hamdan created a distinctive practice of visual expression. In The Sonic Image, he presents various studies of burst hearing loss – building an aesthetic atlas of how we perceive sound. Through detailed examination and experimentation, Abu Hamdan moves towards a new form of image making – an image that fluctuates between ear and eye and behaves like sound itself.

The Sonic Image features three major new bodies of work; a large-scale installation commissioned by SAF, as well as a new site-specific performance. Together, this constellation of artworks explores the boundaries between voice and speech; translation and testimony; representation and reincarnation; and explore the power of sound and image to operate as mutual progenitors, of and in public testimony.

The Sonic Image is curated by Omar Kholeif, Director of Collections and Senior Curator of the Foundation.

Khalil Rabah: What is not

March 4-July 4, 2022
Sharjah Art Foundation – Galleries 1, 2 and 3, Al Mureijah Square

Khalil Rabah: What Is Not is an exhibition of significant works by Khalil Rabah, created from the 1990s to the present day, which provide speculative frameworks and platforms for exploring how cultural institutions, curatorial practice, museological discourse and critical knowledge operates under long-standing states. emergency and travel. The exhibition presents an overview of the artist’s current projects, including the Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humanity, the Riwaq Biennale and Collaborations: by in form, alongside his models.

Interested in the processes to which artistic practices are subject within international institutions, his projects encourage debates on cultural organizations by questioning the social, cultural and political value attributed to artefacts. Emerging from his deep involvement and training in architecture, Rabah’s works seek to provide an alternative vision that challenges public perceptions. It draws on different methodologies to address themes of displacement, memory and identity to examine the relationship between humans and their environment as well as the nature of the overall human condition.

Khalil Rabah: What is not is organized by Hoor Al Qasimi, director of the Sharjah Art Foundation.

CAMP: Passages by passages

March 4-July 4, 2022
Sharjah Art Foundation – Bait Al Serkal, Place des Arts

Passages through Passages brings together a body of key work from CAMP, the Mumbai-based artist studio founded in 2007 by Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran.

Presenting a sample of works created between 2006 and 2020, these projects encompass video and audio works, archives – including works presented in previous Sharjah Biennials – interventions and collections and draw on the artistic and of the collective’s unique research. Through them, CAMP discusses topics such as public health anxieties and inoculations under surveillance, the long duration of methods and technological advances, and ideas of movement as a means of transportation or finding unexpected paths.

The exhibition is curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, director of the Sharjah Art Foundation.

March 2022 meeting: The afterlife of the postcolonial

March 5-7, 2022
Sharjah Art Foundation

The March Meeting of the Sharjah Art Foundation, an annual program that brings together artists, curators, scholars and art practitioners for panels, lectures and performances exploring critical issues in contemporary art, returns in 2022 with a three-day program of online and in-person programs. As a follow-up to the March 2021 meeting: Unraveling the Present, the March 2022 meeting: The Legacy of the Postcolonial will examine the legacy of colonialism and the contemporary impacts of related issues on cultural, aesthetic and artistic practices around the world. Together, these two March meetings serve as preludes to Sharjah Biennale 15: Thinking Historically in the Present, conceived by the late Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019) and curated by SAF Director Hoor Al Qasimi, which opens in February 2023.

Drawing on Enwezor’s concept of the “postcolonial constellation”, the March 2022 meeting considers contemporary art and issues through the prism of postcolonialism, the critical study of the historical, social and cultural legacies of colonialism and of imperialism. From this perspective, participants analyze a wide range of current global issues, such as racism, colonialism, apartheid, persistent structural inequalities, new imperial wars, migration, social movements, including Black Lives Matter, indigenous rights, climate change and restitution and repatriation. of looted artifacts. The program also explores theoretical frameworks such as ‘intersectionality’, ‘coloniality’, ‘decoloniality’ and ‘gender identities’. To discuss “beyond” the postcolonial, the March meeting brings together key voices from art and academia whose work reflects discourses, practices, theories and critical perspectives derived from postcolonialism but focused on the world at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century and its present and future challenges.

Following the March 2021 meeting, which reviewed the 30-year history of the Sharjah Biennale and the future of the biennial model, the March 2022 meeting further engages within the framework of Enwezor for the Sharjah Biennale 15 , building momentum towards its opening in February 2023. Sharjah Biennale 15: Thinking Historically in the Present, will continue to explore these themes, bringing together 30 artists – including John Akomfrah, Coco Fusco, Hassan Hajjaj, Isaac Julien, Bouchra Khalili , Kerry James Marshall, Steve McQueen, Wangechi Mutu, Doris Salcedo, Yinka Shonibare, Carrie Mae Weems, among others – to produce commissioned works, which examine the stories that continue to shape our present, alongside a selection of works contemporary works by international artists.

More information about SB15 is available at sharjahart.org/biennial-15, and registration for the online and in-person components of the March 2022 meeting is now available at http://saf.sharjahart.org/March- Meeting-2022-In .

Gerald Annan-Forson: revolution and image-making in postcolonial Ghana (1979-1985)

March 7-July 7, 2022
Sharjah Art Foundation – Al Hamriyah Studios

In collaboration with The Africa Institute, SAF presents the first retrospective of the work of Ghanaian photographer Gerald Annan-Forson. Featuring photographs primarily taken by Annan-Forson between 1979 and 1985, Revolution and Image-making in Postcolonial Ghana traces the political and social life of Ghana during a period of revolution and transformation, offering a visual history of postcolonial Ghana and its struggles. and aspirations in the post-independence period. Annan-Forson’s compositional style, lens focus, formal repetitions, character portrayal, and long-term commitment to documenting the changing landscape of Accra, Ghana reshaped understanding of photography as a tool for creating radical images.

The exhibition is curated by artist and ethnographer Jesse Weaver Shipley, Professor of African and African-American Studies and Oratory, Dartmouth College, USA.

Christopher S. Washington