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10th Sharjah Biennial
16 March - 16 May 2011

Sharjah Biennial

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10th Sharjah Biennial, 2011

Sharjah Art Museum / © Copyright photo: Haupt & Binder
Arts Area, Bait Al Serkal / © Copyright photo: Haupt & Binder
Calligraphy Museum and Studios, Heritage Area / © Copyright photo: Haupt & Binder
Walid Sadek / © Copyright photo: Haupt & Binder

Title: Plot for a Biennial

Curated by Suzanne Cotter and Rasha Salti, with Associate Curator Haig Aivazian (see the biographies), Sharjah Biennial 10 Plot for a Biennial is a multifaceted presentation of works and programs, spanning the disciplines of visual art, film, choreography, music, video and publishing, including more than 65 Sharjah Biennial Commissions.

Plot for a Biennial takes as its curatorial narrative the idea of a treatment for film, ‘scripted’ around a constellation of keywords that include Treason, Necessity, Insurrection, Affiliation, Corruption, Devotion, Disclosure, Translation. These terms operate as motifs and serve to frame explorations in both subject matter and aesthetic positions. Among the central themes is the assertion of individual subjectivity within the realms of culture, religion and statehood. Equally central are questions around the aesthetics of art as seduction and formal dissidence, and the production and communicability of art as both dubious and potentially transformative. Located within a web of etymological tracings, the concept of treason, a word that shares its Latin roots with trade and translation, provides multiple registers of interpretation, from betrayal to trade and translation, the latter being activities central to the economy, history and culture of Sharjah.

Drawing inspiration from the curators’ conceptual framework Plot for a Biennial, the exhibition will unfold in intriguing venues across the heart of Sharjah, including notable landmarks of Emirati architecture, Sharjah’s historic Cricket Stadium, traditional houses once abandoned and later converted into contemporary art spaces, as well as new temporary structures designed especially for Sharjah Biennial 10.

(From the curatorial statement and other press information)

List of artists
Exhibition, public space.
Including links to more information
and photos in UiU, biographical data

All the participants
Complete list, all the disciplines


Sharjah Art Foundation

PO Box 19989
United Arab Emirates

Email: info@sharjahart.org
Website: www.sharjahart.org


Art Destination Sharjah
An orientation guide to discover Sharjah as a center of contemporary art with a rich cultural heritage: Museums, art spaces, art walks & tours, regular exhibitions and events, etc.

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7th Sharjah Biennial, 2005
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Sharjah Biennial 10
16 March - 16 May 2011

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Plot for a Biennial

Suzanne Cotter
Rasha Salti

Associate curator:
Haig Aivazian

List of artists
Exhibition, public space

Complete list, including
all the disciplines

Press release
Summary and statements. Program: exhibition, film, music, performance; publications, prize, talks, March Meeting, contacts, etc.

Opening week
Program 13 - 19 March


Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF)

…more info

>> Official website


Sharjah Biennial