Towards a New Cultural Cartography
March 13 May 13, 2013
Opening Week Programme March 13 17, 2013
March Meeting 2013 March 14 17, 2013
Opening on March 13, Sharjah Biennial 11 will present an exciting programme,with more than 100 participants from 41 countries showcasing new commissions, music, films, performances, talks and the annual March Meeting. Re:emerge - Towards a New Cultural Cartography is curated by Yuko Hasegawa, whoproposes a Biennial that reassess the Westerncentrism of knowledge in modern times and reconsiders the relationship between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa and Latin America.
One of the oldest contemporary arts initiatives in the Middle East, Sharjah Biennial 11 will commence with an official opening ceremony in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and H.E. Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, along with Sharjah Biennial 11 Curator Yuko Hasegawa. Events March 1317 will include performances, films, lectures, and the annual March Meeting, a symposium featuring presentations, thematic sessions, and panels that will contextualise the concept of SB11.
Sharjah Art Foundation New Art Spaces
The opening of SB11 will mark the inauguration of SAF's five new multi-functional art spaces in the Sharjah Heritage Area, which have been in development since 2009. With approximately 20,000 square feet of interior space, connected by open-air courtyards and rooftop terraces, these new spaces will provide venues for SAF's growing activities and the increasing needs of its community.
March Meeting 2013
March Meeting 2013 explores the concept of SB11. Inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecturein particular the historical courtyards of Sharjah, where elements of both public and private life intertwineSB11 CuratorYuko Hasegawa proposes a new cultural cartography that reconsiders the relationships between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa to Latin America.
Curated by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, it will feature programming by leading figures in the film industry, including Steve Anker, Dean of the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Los Angeles; Khavn De La Cruz, poet, pianist, filmmaker, Mondomanila, the Philippines; Ali Jaafar, Executive Director, Independent Film Division, Quinta Communications, London; Mehelli Modi, Founder of Second Run DVD, London; Alcino Leite Neto, editor, Sao Paulo; Jean-Pierre Rehm, theorist, Festival Director, FIDMarseille, Paris; Tilda Swinton, Scotland; and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, film director/ producer, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The programme will include evening screenings in an outdoor cinema in SAF's new art spaces of commissioned films, existing productions, and curated film programmes.
Music and Performance Programme
International and regional artists will be featured in a series of music and performance events that will take place throughout SB11. As part of this programme, Lebanese sound artist Tarek Atoui will orchestrate a series of new commissions by more than ten international musicians, including percussionists who will perform on the roofscape of SAF's art spaces, and an SB11 commissioned solo performance by Egyptian artist Hassan Khan during the opening week. Also during the opening week is a performance by alva noto with a special appearance by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Later events include a Skype-based dance performance by Tunisian dancer and choreographer duo Selma and SofianeOuissi and an audiovisual concert by Japanese sound artist Ryoji Ikeda in April.
Sharjah Biennial 11 Artists and Participants
Sarah Abu Abdallah
Ammar Al Attar
Alfredo + Isabel Aquilizan
Matthew Barney and Elizabeth Peyton
Luz Maria Bedoya
Mohamed Ali Fadlabi
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj
Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
Raqs Media Collective
Seigen Ono + Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
Studio Mumbai - Bijoy Jain
SUPERFLEX, with Schul Landscape Architects
Pascale Marthine Tayou
Jalal Toufic and Graziella Rizkallah Toufic
Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chai Siri
YOVO! YOVO! Eylien König, Martina Mahlknecht, Martin Prinoth and Doris Margarete Schmidt
CURATORIAL STATEMENT BY SB11 CURATOR YUKO HASEGAWA
In Re:emerge - Towards a New Cultural Cartography, curator Yuko Hasegawa proposes a Biennial that reassess the Westerncentrism of knowledge in modern times and reconsiders the relationship between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa and Latin America.
Hasegawa was inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecture, in particular the historical courtyards of Sharjah, where elements of both public and private life intertwine, and where the objective political world and the introspective subjective space intersect and cross over.
The courtyard is also seen as a plane of experience and experimentationan arena for learning and critical thinking of a discursive and embodied kind. It marks a generative space for the production of new awareness and knowledge. Within the network of intensifying international and globalising links, the courtyard as an experiential and experimental space comes to mirror something of Sharjah as a vital zone of creativity, transmission, and transformation.
Hasegawa has selected more than 100 artists, architects, filmmakers, musicians and performers whose artworks and practices resonate with strands of the curatorial theme: the complexity and diversity of cultures and societies; spatial and political relations; notions of new forms of contact, dialogue, and exchange; and production through art and architectural practices of new ways of knowing, thinking, and feeling.