March Meeting 2020: Unravelling the Present

March Meeting 2020: Unravelling the Present

Sharjah Art Foundation

March Meeting 2020. Visual: Sharjah Art Foundation

February 24, 2020
March Meeting 2020: Unravelling the Present
March 21–23, 2020
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Sharjah Art Foundation today announced additional highlights and participants for March Meeting 2020 (MM 2020), 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.

Titled Unravelling the Present, MM 2020 runs from March 21 to 23, 2020 and is part of Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present, conceived by the late Okwui Enwezor. Leading up to the 30th anniversary of the Sharjah Biennial in 2021, MM 2020 will examine the history of the Biennial and past March Meetings, bringing together former Biennial curators, participants and interlocutors as well as art historians and critics to discuss the role of the Biennial as a catalyst for critical dialogue and transnational exchange. According to Enwezor, the Sharjah Biennial is “perceived as a module with which to deal with the disruptive power of artistic monolingualism.”

MM 2020 will also explore the evolution of the Sharjah Biennial in its effort to break away from traditional modes of curating and displaying art and engaging with the public by activating non-institutional spaces and moving to non-geographic models of representation. Over the three days of the meeting, panels and roundtables will examine the thirty-year history of the Sharjah Biennial as well as diverse issues around the MM 2020 theme. Crucially, MM 2020 will take a critical look at the reception, impact and relevance of the Sharjah Biennial in the regional and global contemporary art scenes. The proceedings of MM 2020 will be edited and published for the opening of Sharjah Biennial 15 in 2021.

MM 2020 speakers and participants include Tarek Abou El Fetouh (curator), Thuraya Al Baqsami (artist), Mona Al Khaja (artist), Hisham Al Madhloum (Chairman, Sharjah Arts Collection), Noora Al Mualla (Director of Learning and Research, Sharjah Art Foundation), Hoor Al Qasimi (President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation), Yousif Aydabi (Cultural Advisor, Sheikh Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre), Sammy Baloji (artist), Ute Meta Bauer (Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU), Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Director, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and Director, Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti), Lucrezia Cippitelli (scholar, curator), Iftikhar Dadi (Associate Professor, History of Art and Director, South Asia Program, Cornell University), Catherine David (Deputy Director, National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou), Manthia Diawara (Professor, NYU and filmmaker), Ehab Ellaban (Director, Center of Arts Cairo), Reem Fadda (Director, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation), Coco Fusco (artist, writer and Professor, Cooper Union School of Art), Thembinkosi Goniwe (Assistant Professor of Art History, Rhodes University), Hou Hanru (Artistic Director, MAXXI), Yuko Hasegawa (curator), Salah M. Hassan (Director, The Africa Institute, Sharjah and Goldwin Smith Professor, Cornell University), Geeta Kapur (art critic, curator), Mohammed Kazem (artist), Omar Kholeif (Director of Collections and Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation), Vasif Kortun (curator); Arshiya Lokhandwala (art historian, curator and Founder, Lakeeren Art Gallery), Margarita Gonzalez Lorente (Vice Director, 13th edition of Havana Biennial and Curator, International Contemporary Art, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana), Amina Menia (artist), Otobong Nkanga (artist), Chika Okeke-Agulu (Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University), Jack Persekian (Director, Al Ma’amal Foundation), Qudsia Rahim (Executive Director, Lahore Biennale Foundation), Enrique Rivera (Director, Biennial of Media Arts of Santiago), Nada Shabout (Professor, Art History and Coordinator, Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative, University of North Texas), Suha Shoman (Founder and Chair, Darat Al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation), Aisha Stoby (art historian, curator), Alia Swastika (curator), John Tain (Head of Research, Asia Art Archive), Christine Tohme (Founding Director, Ashkal Alwan), Françoise Vergès (political scientist, curator, author), Octavio Zaya (Executive Director, Cuban Art Foundation) and Tirdad Zolghadr (Associate Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Artistic Director, Sommerakademie Paul Klee).

Coinciding with MM 2020, the exhibitions Zarina Bhimji: Black Pocket, Tarek Atoui: Cycles in 11, both curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director Hoor Al Qasimi, and Art in the Age of Anxiety, curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director of Collections and Senior Curator Omar Kholeif, will open on March 21, 2020. Aida Muluneh’s Homebound: A Journey in Photography, an exhibition organised by the Africa Institute and curated by Salah M. Hassan at the Sharjah Art Museum will open on March 23, 2020. Special curator and artist-led tours of the exhibitions will take place throughout MM 2020.

The MM 2020 programme will also include evening performances led by renowned artist and musician Tarek Atoui, as well as the announcement of this year’s Production Programme grant cycle winners.

MM 2020 is free to attend and open to the public. To register, click here. For more information, visit

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