Yuko Hasegawa appointed curator of Sharjah Biennial

Yuko Hasegawa appointed curator of Sharjah Biennial

Sharjah Art Foundation

Yuko Hasegawa

December 14, 2011

Yuko Hasegawa Appointed Curator of Sharjah Biennial 11
Opening March 2013

Open Call for March Meeting 2012, Deadline January 5: www.sharjahart.org/march-meeting

Sharjah Art Foundation




Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) announces the selection of Yuko Hasegawa as the Curator of Sharjah Biennial 11, opening March 2013. Yuko Hasegawa is Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT), and a seasoned director, curator, and advisor for international biennials.

For Sharjah Biennial 11, Hasegawa has proposed a selection of artworks that reassess the Eurocentrism of knowledge in modern times. To do this, she calls for a gathering of architects, designers, creators, and artists, who will bring together different perspectives, and challenge viewers to seek new knowledge by sharing ideas.

Sharjah Art Foundation President Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi commented, “We are pleased to announce Yuko Hasegawa as Curator for Sharjah Biennial 11. Hasegawa has a distinguished career characterised by major curatorial projects, notably in Eastern Asia and Latin America. Her proposal for the 2013 Biennial reflects the long tradition of Sharjah as a place where the gathering of diverse communities encourages an exchange of ideas and knowledge.”

Hasegawa adds, “Sharjah is historic and present, social, natural, and political. It is a place that encourages thinking and negotiating with others. My natural response to its dynamism is to produce a Biennial which asks questions through art, and creates a dialogue that liberates us from Eurocentrism, Globalism, and other relevant –isms.”

About Yuko Hasegawa:
Yuko Hasegawa is Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2006–present) and is also a Professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo, where she teaches curatorial and art theory. Previously, she was Chief Curator and Founding Artistic Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (1999−2006).

Hasegawa has worked on many international biennials, and has held such positions as: Artistic Advisor of the 12th Venice Architectural Biennale (2010), Co-Curator of the 29th Sao Paulo Biennale (2010), and Co-Curator of the 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (2006).

Hasegawa has curated major thematic group exhibitions, and solo exhibitions by such artists as Matthew Barney, Marlene Dumas, Rebecca Horn, and Atsuko Tanaka. She has served on advisory boards for the Guggenheim Museum and the Venice Biennale, and has authored curatorial essays in publications for museums including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

March Meeting 2012: Working with Artists and Audiences on Commissions and Residencies
March 17–19, 2012
Sharjah Art Foundation has announced the open call for presentation proposals based on the theme of March Meeting 2012: Working with Artists and Audiences on Commissions and Residencies. Interested applicants may visit the Sharjah Art Foundation’s web site at: www.sharjahart.org/march-meeting.

Established in 2008, the March Meeting provides a critical platform for the exchange of ideas and the investigation of collaborative possibilities to international art and cultural leaders working in or with the art of the region.

Sharjah Biennial 11 Curator Yuko Hasegawa will be among the speakers at the event.

About Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF):
Sharjah Art Foundation brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE, and the region. Since 2009, SAF has built on the history of cultural collaboration and exchange that began with the first Sharjah Biennial in 1993.

Working with local and international partners, SAF creates opportunities for artists and artistic production through core initiatives that include the Sharjah Biennial, the annual March Meeting, residencies, production grants, commissions, exhibitions, research, publications, and a growing collection. SAF’s education and public programmes focus on building recognition of the central role art can play in the life of a community by promoting public learning and a participatory approach to art.

Sharjah Art Foundation is funded by the Department of Culture and Information, Government of Sharjah.

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