Sharjah Biennial 13

A desire for fluidity and exchange comes up against regional and socio-political limits

By Nadia Quadmani

Raqs Media Collective, The Necessity of Infinity, 2017. Performance, part of Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj and March Meeting, 2017. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation. Fehras Publishing Practices, Soapy postmodern Bathwater, 2017. From the series ‘Institutional Terms’ (2015–16). Video, 24 minutes. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artists. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation. Uriel Orlow, various works, 2016. Video, audio, photographs, library, publications, posters. Commissioned by The Showroom London in association with Parc Saint L.ger, Contemporary Art Centre, Pougues-les-Eaux, France; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne. Courtesy of Mor Charpentier Gallery, Paris and LaVeronica Gallery, Modica, Italy and the artist. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Sharjah Biennial, various venues, Sharjah, through 12 JuneTamawuj, the title of the latest edition of the Sharjah Biennial, finds its root in the Arabic word mawj, (‘wave’), suggesting an interflow, and the steady rhythm of back and forth. The Sharjah Biennial 13, curated by Christine Tohme, spans a full year of exhibitions and public programmes. ‘Act I’, the exhibition and the discursive events of the annual ‘March Meeting’ in Sharjah, takes place at six locations and features the work of over…

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