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United Arab Emirates

Art Week brings together Dubai’s thriving creative industries into a week-long celebration of arts and culture.

March Meeting: Sharjah Art Foundation


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March Meeting: Sharjah Art Foundation

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March Meeting

An annual convening of local and international artists, curators, scholars and other arts practitioners, who explore topical issues in contemporary art through a programme of talks and performances.



09:30 Registration for March Meeting 2018

Dar Al Nadwa, Calligraphy Square


10:00 Welcome remarks


10:30 Introduction by Sharjah Art Foundation


10:45 This is not a programme

Institutional Practice: Sharmini Pereira (Founder and Director, Raking Leaves), Sally Mizrachi (Co-founder, lugar a dudas), Abir Saksouk (Architect, Public Works), Alper Turan (Co-founder, DAS Art Project). Moderator: Zeynep Öz (curator).


12:30 Our current dwelling is fire: When air fuels the contours of practice

Rheim Alkadhi (artist)


12:45 What if the wind refuses to carry our words?

Lecture performance by Paribartana Mohanty (artist)


13:00 Lunch


14:30 Terms of order

Artist practices and community formation: Zineb Sedira (artist),  Naeem Mohaiemen (artist), Dale Harding (artist), Marwa Arsanios (artist). Moderator: Tarek Abou El Fetouh (curator)


16:15 Coffee break


16:30 Artist’s talk

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim (artist) in conversation with Noora Al Mualla (Curator of Modern Arab Art, Sharjah Art Foundation)


17:00 On mud, dams and (r)esistance

Presentation: Ali Cherri (artist), followed by a film screening of the film Flood in Ba’ath country (2003), directed by Omar Amiralay (filmmaker).


19:30 Private Dinner


21:30 The Song of Roland: The Arabic version (2017)

Performance: Wael Shawky (artist)


18 March 2018

10:00 Projections

Cinema and moving image:Butheina Kazim (Co-founder, Cinema Akil), Hania Mroué (Founder and Director, Metropolis Art Cinema), Yaminay Chaudhri (artist and Co-founder, Tentative Collective), Filipa Ramos (Co-curator, Vdrome).  Moderator: Maha Maamoun (artist).


11:45 Bidayyat

Presentation: Mohammad Ali Atassi (Director, Bidayyat)


12:00 Artist’s talk

Manthia Diawara (University Professor and Director of the Institute of African American Affairs, New York University) in conversation with Salah Hassan (Goldwin Smith Professor and Director, Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University)


14:30 Conversations

Reem Shilleh & Mohanad Yaqubi (Co-founders, Subversive Film) and John Akomfrah (artist and filmmaker). Moderator: Ala Younis (artist and curator)


15:30 Artist’s talk

Ahmed Mater (artist) in conversation with Eungie Joo (Curator of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).


16:15 Coffee break


16:30 Vertigo of a sunset

Performance: Mario Santanilla (artist)


16:45 You send me

Futurisms: Martine Syms (artist), Larissa Sansour (artist), Monira Al Qadiri (artist). Moderator: Ayesha Hameed (artist and Lecturer, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College).


20:30 Naham – Songs of light and weight

Performance: Neo Muyanga (composer and musician)


19 March 2018

10:30 Artist’s talk

Rasheed Araeen (artist) on journals Black Phoenix and Third Text in conversation with Saira Ansari (Researcher, Sharjah Art Foundation)


11:15 Dance Under Cover of a Fictional Rhythm

Lecture performance: Daniel Blanga Gubbay (Researcher and Curator,


11:45 Conversations

Sarnath Banerjee (artist, writer and graphic novelist) and Deepak Unnikrishnan (writer). Moderator: Uzma Rizvi (Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies, Pratt Institute)


13:00 Lunch


14:30 Hold Everything Dear

Performance: Hajra Waheed (artist)


14:45 Before, beyond, beneath

Infrastructural material and medium: Saba Innab (architect and artist), Antonio Vega Macotela (artist), Shilpa Gupta (artist).

Moderator: Aram Moshayedi (Curator, Hammer Museum).


16:15 Coffee break


16:30 Structural matters

Architecture and urban practices:Manuel de Rivero (Co-founder, Supersudaca), Mona El Mousfy (Founder and Managing Director, SpaceContinuum), Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Co-founder, Atelier Bow-Wow). Moderator: Hoor Al Qasimi (Director, Sharjah Art Foundation).


20:30 Tsohle – A revolting mass

Performance: Neo Muyanga (composer and musician)


Event Information:
17 - 19 March 2018
Location: Gallery 1, Al Mureijah Square, Art Area, Sharjah

Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah


Image Caption:

Gathering of Sharjah Biennial 11 attendees, 2013. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.


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1971 Design Space