Sharjah Biennial 14
March 7 – June 10, 2019
Sharjah Art Foundation
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Open from March 7 to June 10, 2019, Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) presents Sharjah Biennial 14 (SB14), Leaving the Echo Chamber. SB14 will explore the possibilities and purpose of producing art when news is fed by a monopoly of sources, history is increasingly fictionalised, when ideas of ‘society’ are invariably displaced, and when borders and beliefs are dictated by cultural, social and political systems. Curators Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons will present three distinct platforms that bring together a range of works—including large-scale public installations, performances and films—to create a series of provocations about how one might renegotiate the shape, form and function of the ‘echo chamber’ of contemporary life. SB14 will feature over 80 artists, more than 60 new commissions and many never-before-seen works.
Concurrent with the opening of SB14, from March 9 to 11, the SB14 curators will convene the foundation’s annual March Meeting (MM 2019), in which artists, curators and scholars discuss topical issues in contemporary art. Butt, Kholeif and Tancons will spearhead three distinct programmatic approaches for MM 2019, with each curator programming a series of talks and performances corresponding to their respective SB14 platforms.
On view in the city’s arts and heritage areas, as well as other public spaces across the city and emirate of Sharjah, Leaving the Echo Chamber will address subjects ranging from migration and diaspora to concepts of time and interpreted histories, giving artists the agency to explore stories that echo in a different way and reveal differing means of connecting and sustaining a collective humanity.
Sharjah Art Foundation is an advocate, catalyst and producer of contemporary art. Through the Sharjah Biennial, the annual March Meeting, year-round exhibitions, film and music programmes, education and community outreach programmes, grants, residencies, commissions and publications, the foundation encourages a shared understanding of the transformational role of art.