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Qasr Al Hosn Cultural Quarter Hall, Abu Dhabi

 

Mohammed Kazem, Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Hassan Sharif, Catherine David

 

Hassan Sharif

 

Hassan Sharif

 

Hassan Sharif

 

Hassan Sharif

 

 

Hassan Sharif
Experiments & Objects 1979 - 2011
April 2011

Experiments & Objects / 1979 – 2011 is the first major monographic exhibition of Hassan Sharif in the UAE and in Abu Dhabi. Hassan Sharif is a seminal artist who is deeply associated with the modern history and culture of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He is a major figure in the artistic community of the UAE and has developed a strong body of work. Historically, Sharif did not have much public visibility in the UAE, although he admirably often represented the Emirates abroad. The exhibition, curated by Catherine David and Mohammed Kazem, begins with the artist’s early experiments and includes objects in addition to a series of his conceptual drawings and systemic works.

Sharif studied in Great Britain. He first started to draw caricatures producing abundantly and becoming well known for them. His art practice is experimental and strongly involved with materiality. He uses cotton, textile, metal, chord and plastic in order to create a variety of objects. His choice of materials reflects the production conditions that he lives and works in: a post-modern, post-global society. His materials also reflect different aspects of our time such as mass manufacturing, for example, through his use of cardboard and packaging – thus also reflecting an interest in human activity, not just his own process of art making but also that of others in other fields.

In his Performances and Experiments, the artist used his very body as an artistic medium by performing a series of expressive acts. These were recorded in photographs and their preparatory notes and sketches were preserved. Towards the end of the 1980s, they were documented and put up on signposts in a sequential order.

The centrality of the process of "making" is clear in Sharif’s art practice: it is a precise, painstaking process, often involving repetitive actions and motions in the knotting, folding, wrapping and tying of various materials. Sharif’s work reflects his intentional "doing" and "making" and his consciousness of the conditions that he works in. (From a press release)

More detailed information about Hassan Sharif in Nafas Art Magazine:

Hassan Sharif - early works
Constructivist drawings and Fluxus influenced performances in Dubai and the desert, early 1980s. By Paulina Kolczynska. September 2009

The Flying House
Gallery and documentation center in Dubai, founded by Abdul-Raheem Sharif. Among other taskas, it preserves and archives Hassan Sharif's work. By Haupt & Binder. April 2008

Hassan Sharif
Artist, theorist, and art promoter in Dubai, a leading figure of an art scene, searching for new paths. By Haupt & Binder. July 2004

Hassan Sharif - Artist page
With all the links to articles and images of his work included in Nafas and Universes in Universe.


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Hassan Sharif
Experiments & Objects
1979 – 2011

17 March - 17June 2011

Qasr Al Hosn
Cultural Quarter Hall
Abu Dhabi
UAE

Curators:
Catherine David
Mohammed Kazem

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage
(ADACH)

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P.O. Box 2380
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
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Hassan Sharif - early works Hassan Sharif - early works
Constructivist drawings and Fluxus influenced performances in Dubai and the desert, early 1980s. By Paulina Kolczynska, September 2009

Hassan Sharif Hassan Sharif
Artist, theorist, and art promoter in Dubai; leading figure of an art scene, searching for new paths. By Haupt & Binder, July 2004

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