September 10, 2017 - Sharjah Art Foundation - Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj
September 10, 2017

Sharjah Art Foundation

Candice Lin, sketch for "Destroyed Documents," 2017. Watercolour and ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj
Upon a Shifting Plate and Act II
October 14–22, 2017

Beirut, Lebanon

Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) announces the participants of Sharjah Biennial 13’s (SB13) concluding programme in Beirut, organised with Ashkal Alwan, including the off-site project Upon a Shifting Plate and Act II of the Biennial.

Upon a Shifting Plate
October 14–15, 2017

With: Maya Abu Al-Hayat, Tarek El-Ariss, Forager Collective, Monika Halkort, Wael Lazkani*, Candice Lin*, Sahar Mandour, Iman Mersal, Lina Mounzer, Franziska Pierwoss and Sandra Teitge*, SPURSE*, and James T. Hong

Themed around the keyword "culinary," Upon a Shifting Plate is the Biennial’s fourth and final off-site project. Ashkal Alwan–the SB13 interlocutor of the culinary programme–presents a weekend of discursive and performative projects, where workshops, walks, talks, and cooking sessions will explore the production and consumption of culinary heritage, and how our eating habits condition and shape our psychological and cultural dispositions.

SB13 Act II
Exhibitions opening: October 14, 2017
Public programme: October 16–22, 2017

With: Noor Abuarafeh*, Omar Abusaada, Leila Arab, Vartan Avakian*, Pedro Barateiro and Quinn Latimer, Tamara Barrage*, Eric Baudelaire, Sabrina Belouaar, Mohamed Bourouissa*, Madison Bycroft, Los Carpinteros, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), Ali Cherri, Gaëlle Choisne*, CJ Clarke, Céline Condorelli, Jesse Darling, Haitham Ennasr*, Rami Farook, Claire Fontaine*, Forensic Architecture, Khalil El Ghrib, Laura Henno, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, Ho Rui An, Eric van Hove, Iman Issa*, Emily Jacir*, Tushar Joag, Hiwa K, Christoph Keller*, Mohamed Khan, Dina Khouri*, Rayane M'cirdi, Randa Maroufi, Naeem Mohaiemen, Radouan Mriziga, Rabih Mroué and Lina Majdalanie, Dala Nasser, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Younes Rahmoun, Mostafa Saifi Rahmouni, Roy Samaha, Sigil*, Christopher Ian Smith, Praneet Soi, Rania Stephan*, SUPERFLEX, Rayyane Tabet, Akira Takayama*,, TAO Dance Theatre, Bahar Temiz and Felix Mathias Ott, Anton Vidokle, Karine Wehbé*, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

*Presenting new commissions

On October 14, Act II launches two exhibitions conceived by guest curators Hicham Khalidi and Reem Fadda at Beirut Art Center and Sursock Museum respectively.

In this final chapter of the Biennial, Reem Fadda’s exhibition Fruit of Sleep explores the notion of dormancy, looking at sleep as an act of neither the singular or collective mind, but rather of a social body carefully plotting action in the face of failed revolutionary attempts.

Hicham Khalidi’s exhibition An unpredictable expression of human potential seeks to address the current moment of disenfranchisement and frustration, pondering whether the young generation holds the vitality needed to upturn the socio-political legacies of modernity.

In addition, Act II features a public programme of talks, film screenings, and performances across the city, including new commissions and publications released throughout SB13 in Beirut, Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah, and Sharjah.

The full programme will be released shortly on Sharjah Art Foundation and Ashkal Alwan’s websites.

Curated by Christine Tohme, Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj unfolds in five parts, from October 2016 to October 2017. SB13 includes exhibitions and a public programme in two acts in Sharjah and Beirut; a year-long education programme in Sharjah; off-site projects in Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah, and Beirut; and the online publishing platform,

Christine Tohme is the director of Ashkal Alwan, a nonprofit organisation established in Beirut in 1993 that supports contemporary artistic practice. She is the recipient of the Prince Claus Award (2006) and CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence (2015).

Ashkal Alwan is a nonprofit organisation based in Beirut. Since 1993, the association has been committed to the production, facilitation, and circulation of creative and theoretical endeavors across a range of disciplines and media.

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.

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