13th Edition of Sharjah Biennal
From March 10 to June 12, 2017, the 13th edition of Sharjah Biennal (SB13) will take place, with Christine Tohme as curator and three jurors. During Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj Act 1 opening, Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) announced the four recipients of the Sharjah Biennial Prize.
Christine Tohme invited more than 70 artists to respond to the thematic focus of SB13, grounded in the four keywords water, crops, earth and culinary. Since 1993, a selection of participating artists from each biennial has been chosen by a distinguished jury to receive the Sharjah Biennial Prize.
The jurors for this edition are Dr Yousif Aydabi, Cultural Advisor at the Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies in Sharjah, N’Goné Fall, independent curator and co-founder of GawLab Collective in Dakar and Adriano Pedrosa, Artistic Director of Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP).
The four recipients selected this year were Dineo Seshee Bopape, Inci Eviner, Uriel Orlow and Walid Siti. A special prize was awarded to the late Ali Jabri and will be dedicated to the conservation of his work.
Dineo Seshee Bopape‘s installation +/- 1791 monument to the haitian revolution 1791, 2017 draws parallels between the political liberation of a land, spiritual liberation through revolt and the biological sustenance and sense of nurturing offered by the earth.
Inci Eviner has explored the perspective of women, processes of organisation and the formation of subjectivities for 40 years. In SB13, she presents two videos that reflect on art, politics and life. One of these works, Beuys Underground, 2017, is an SB13 commission.
Uriel Orlow’s multi-component Theatrum Botanicum, 2016 envisions the botanical world as both witness to and actor in the enduring legacy of colonialism in South Africa.
Walid Siti created Phantom Land, 2017, which explores one’s relationship to heritage, home, borders, mobility and migration. Also, False Flags, 2017, which reflects on one’s fragile attachment to iconic emblems of identity.
Ali Jabri was a critical chronicler of the everyday with a passion for archaeology and cultural heritage. His formative years coincided with the fertile period of Arab nationalism from the forties to the seventies. SB13 pays homage to Jabri in a presentation focusing on his lesser known collage works, including Untitled (1989–92) that allegorises the artist’s disenchantment with the modern Arab world.
Act I of SB13 opened with a public ceremony in the presence of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Federal Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah; Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation; and SB13 Curator, Christine Tohme.
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