Power 100

Most influential people in 2022 in the contemporary artworld


Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi

Curator - Director of the Sharjah Biennial and founder of the Sharjah Art Foundation

50 in 2022

  • 202250
  • 202157
  • 202053
  • 201932
  • 201837
  • 201741
  • 201640
  • 201548
  • 201448
  • 201348
  • 201284
  • 201090
  • 200399
Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi
Photo: Sebastian Böettcher

Al-Qasimi’s Sharjah Art Foundation is still playing catchup after the pandemic, with its 15th biennial shifted back to next year. Many of the artists have been in place for some time, with the curatorial concept drafted by Okwui Enwezor before his death in 2019. The foundation’s president will fulfil Enwezor’s legacy with Thinking Historically in the Present, featuring the likes of Carolina Caycedo and Kerry James Marshall. That’s not to say it’s been quiet: there was the postponed March Meeting to host, the biennial conference, as well as solo exhibitions at the Sharjah Art Museum for Aref El Rayess, Khalil Rabah and CAMP. The foundation has also reached out internationally, bringing Kamala Ibrahim Ishag to London’s Serpentine Galleries and a collection show to Deichtorhallen, Hamburg. Al-Qasimi remains president of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial Foundation (next edition also in 2023) and continues to serve as the president of the International Biennial Association, using some of her many platforms to point out the hypocrisies of the Western world’s varying responses to crises depending on geographic proximity.

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