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Sharjah Biennial 11
13 March - 13 May 2013

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Sharjah Biennial 11, 2013

11th Sharjah Biennial, 2013

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Wael Shawky  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Cevdet Erek  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Otobong Nkanga  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Shimabuku’s Boat Trip  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Ernesto Neto  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Sharjah Islamic Bank  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Simon Fujiwara  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder
SUPERFLEX  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Sharjah Art Museum, OFFICE  /  © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Yuko Hasegawa in Sharjah

Curator Yuko Hasegawa



Towards a New Cultural Cartography

SB11 Curatorial Concept

Inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecture —in particular the historical courtyards of Sharjah, where elements of both public and private life intertwine— SB11 Curator Yuko Hasegawa proposes a new cultural cartography that reconsiders the relationships between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa to Latin America.

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More than 100 artists, architects, and musicians have been invited to participate in Sharjah Biennial 11 (SB11), with over one third of them creating new commissions.

See the >> List of participants
including biographical data, and indication of new commissions.

Film Programme

Curated by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, it features 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, São Paulo; Jean-Pierre Rehm, Theorist, Festival director, FIDMarseille, Paris; Tilda Swinton, Scotland; and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Film Director/ Producer, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The programme includes 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. Later events include a Skype-based dance performance by Tunisian dancer and choreographer duo Selma and Sofiane Ouissi and an audiovisual concert by Japanese sound artist Ryoji Ikeda in April.

Sharjah Art Foundation New Art Spaces

The opening of SB11 marked 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 provide venues for SAF’s growing activities and the increasing needs of its community.

>> New SAF Art Spaces - photo tour, information

About the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF)

SAF 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.

President and Director: Hoor Al Qasimi

More about SAF's development, vision, audiences and programs, please see the
>> Interview with Hoor Al Qasimi


Sharjah Art Foundation

PO Box 19989
United Arab Emirates

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

Media contacts:

Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates
Maitha Al Jassim
Public relations & media officer
Tel: +971-6-544-4113, ext. 26

FITZ & CO, New York
Meg Blackburn
Director of Media Relations
Tel: +1 212-627-1455 x 225

(From press information)

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8th Sharjah Biennial, 2007
4 April - 4 June 2007. Theme: Still Life. Director: Hoor Al Qasimi. Artistic director: Jack Persekian. Curators: Mohammed Kazem, Eva Scharrer, Jonathan Watkins.

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Sharjah Biennial 11
13 March - 13 May 2013

Opening week, annual March Meeting:
13 - 17 March 2013

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Towards a New Cultural Cartography
See the curatorial concept

President and Director of the
Sharjah Art Foundation: Hoor Al Qasimi
… interview

Curator: Yuko Hasegawa

List including biographical data


Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF)

…more info

>> Official website

See also the press information:

February 2013
Opening Week Programme

January 2013
New commissions, more participants,
Music and Performance Programme, etc.

Information for real and virtual visitors:

Art Destination Sharjah

Art Destination Sharjah
An orientation guide to discover Sharjah as a center of contemporary art with a rich cultural heritage.


Sharjah Biennial