Sharjah Art Foundation announces its autumn 2022 programmes

Sharjah 24: The autumn season at Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) options main group exhibitions, worldwide collaborations and initiatives spanning modern artwork, pictures, movie and publishing.

Continuing the Foundation’s dedication to appearing as a catalyst for collaboration and trade, highlights of the programme embody one of many first main group exhibitions exploring pop artwork within the South Asian context, a major exhibition of works from the Foundation’s assortment that includes artists from a number of diasporas at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and a collaboration with Serpentine on a solo exhibition of pioneering Sudanese painter Kamala Ibrahim Ishag. 

Additional data on the Foundation’s autumn 2022 programmes in Sharjah and all over the world follows under and at


Pop South Asia
2 September – 11 December 2022
Venue: Gallery 1, 2, 3 and 6, Al Mureijah Art Spaces 

This main survey is without doubt one of the first makes an attempt to supply a considerable examine and framing of South Asian pop artwork, bringing collectively greater than 100 works of portray, prints, sculpture, video and set up from the mid-twentieth century to right this moment. Featuring roughly 40 artists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the diaspora, the exhibition strikes throughout a number of themes, spanning spiritual and folks practices to cinema and digital media, to broaden the standard understanding of pop artwork past the Western perspective and interact with the precise complexities of the ‘in style’ in South Asia. Co-organised with the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, the exhibition makes its debut on the Foundation and can journey to the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi.

This exhibition is curated by Iftikhar Dadi (Artist and Professor at Cornell University) and Roobina Karode (Director and Chief Curator, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art).

Watch and Chill 2.0: Streaming Senses
Online platform: (accessible 10 June – 31 December 2022)
MMCA bodily presentation: 10 June 2022 – 12 September 2022
Sharjah Art Foundation bodily presentation: 2 September – 11 December 2022
ArkDes bodily programme: 1 October – 31 December 2022 
On-Site Venue at Sharjah Art Foundation: Gallery 5, Al Mureijah Art Spaces

Watch and Chill 2:0: Streaming Senses is a subscription-based streaming platform and in-person screening programme organised by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea in partnership with Sharjah Art Foundation and ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design. The venture permits audiences worldwide to freely entry a number of moving-image artworks from the collections of those three main worldwide establishments, whereas providing native audiences the chance to view a variety of not often seen media-based artworks on web site.

Streaming Senses on-line platform consists of 22 artworks, with six chosen by the Foundation, which reply to the connection between know-how and human notion, venturing past the display screen to evoke numerous types of synaesthesia. The presentation speaks to what ‘sensing’ may imply within the digital period via 4 sub-themes: ‘Optical Tactility’, ‘Calibrated Projection’, ‘Trance, Cross, Move’ and ‘Bits of the Spirit’. The works start streaming on the Watch and Chill web site on 10 June, with subtitles in Korean, English and Arabic; a brand new work will probably be launched every week.
Sharjah Art Foundation’s onsite presentation will function screenings of video works from the Foundation’s assortment with accompanying public programmes.
This exhibition is curated by Jihoi Lee (Curator of Architecture, Installation and Sculpture, MMCA), Hoor Al Qasimi (Director of Sharjah Art Foundation) and James Taylor-Foster (Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design, ArkDes).


Kamala Ibrahim Ishag 
7 October 2022 – 29 January 2023
Venue : Serpentine South, London, UK

The work of pioneering Sudanese artist Kamala Ibrahim Ishag (b. 1937) is introduced in a significant exhibition organised by Serpentine and Sharjah Art Foundation in collaboration with the Africa Institute, Sharjah. The exhibition builds on the artist’s first main retrospective organised by Sharjah Art Foundation in 2016-2017.

Ishag has solid a novel and expansive observe which isn’t outlined by a singular fashion or motion. Most famous is her institution of the Crystalist college, together with quite a lot of her college students, within the mid-Seventies that contributed to the conceptual flip in Sudanese modern artwork practices. Her work embraces and expresses totally different landscapes, histories and topics in relation to how she has skilled them. The exhibition celebrates the breadth and significance of her work and affords London audiences insights into her worlds. 

The exhibition options new work created in Ishag’s Khartoum studio which have beforehand by no means been introduced, with works spanning from the Nineteen Sixties to right this moment. Alongside large-scale canvases and works on paper, the exhibition consists of Ishag’s work on totally different surfaces comparable to calabashes, screens and leather-based drums. A number of the artist’s graphic design observe and archive affords context into her prolific observe and experiences of residing and dealing in Sudan for almost all of her profession.

This exhibition is curated by Hoor Al Qasimi (Director, Sharjah Art Foundation), Salah M. Hassan (Director, The Africa Institute, and Professor at Cornell University) and Melissa Blanchflower (Curator Exhibitions and Public Art), with Sarah Hamed (Assistant Curator Serpentine).

In the Heart of Another Country
The Diasporic Imagination within the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

28 October 2022 – 12 March 2023
Venue: Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany

Drawing on artwork from the gathering of Sharjah Art Foundation, In the Heart of Another Country explores the idea of house – of longing and belonging by artists who hail from a number of diasporas. The exhibition explores the ways in which bodily motion – how mobility throughout geographies – has formed and contoured the body of worldwide artwork right this moment. The artists herein have traversed migratory routes from South and West Asia, via Africa and the Caribbean. Many now stay in dispersed websites, removed from the place they first believed that they belonged. In the Heart of Another Country showcases the work of greater than 60 artists via over 140 artworks in all media, a lot of which have not often, if ever, been seen outdoors of their unique context. Recently restored installations are introduced alongside modern acquisitions, which narrate a communal story of kinship amongst artists – one usually developed towards a backdrop of political turmoil and social unrest.
In the Heart of Another Country embodies the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection’s purpose to current artwork that posits East-East and South-South alliances, forging a gathering level – a connective tissue that nurtures a polyphonous and inclusive artwork historical past.
The exhibition is organised by Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE. The exhibition is curated by Dr Omar Kholeif (Director of Collections and Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE).  

Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence
27 November 2022 – 14 May 2023 
Venue: Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Following its debut at Sharjah Art Foundation in 2021, Hrair Sarkissian’s first mid-career survey travels to Bonnefanten in its most expansive presentation so far. The exhibition consists of the SAF-commissioned set up Last Seen (2018-2021) and presents the premiere of a significant two-channel movie fee entitled Sweet and Sour (2022). The large-scale pictures of Syrian-Armenian artist Sarkissian are developed utilizing a big format digital camera – a life-long observe first developed in his father’s picture studio in Damascus. Acting concurrently as an archaeologist and storyteller, Sarkissian’s works in pictures, sound, movie and set up conjure landscapes that uncover hidden histories which are sometimes hid from official information. 

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Omar Kholeif (Director of Collections and Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation); Dr. Theodor Ringborg (Artistic Director, Bonniers Konsthall); and Stijn Huijts (Artistic Director, Bonnefanten). Available on the exhibition is Sarkissian’s first main monograph, co-edited and co-authored by Kholeif, with contributions from Hoor Al Qasimi, Marianne Hirsch, Stijn Huijts, Hannah Feldman, Vali Mahlouji, Todd Reisz, in addition to co-editor Dr. Theodor Ringborg. The e book is offered from Lenz Press. 


Vantage Point Sharjah 10
16 September – 11 December 2022
Venue: Al Hamriyah Studios

First launched in 2013 to encourage public engagement with pictures as a creative medium, Vantage Point Sharjah (VPS) is an annual pictures open name exhibition which has advanced right into a dynamic platform devoted to supporting up-and-coming photographers from historically underrepresented areas all over the world. The tenth version of the initiative requires works that commemorate pictures’s means to understand social realities via totally different views and can culminate in a bunch exhibition of labor by the chosen artists and the presentation of the juried Vantage Point Awards. VPS 10 invitations all kinds and approaches – from photojournalism to intimate picture essays, and from movie to digital and experimental pictures. This yr, a world jury will award a winner and 4 runners-up. VPS 10 open name utility particulars can be found right here (deadline: 25 July 2022).

Sharjah Film Platform
21 October 2022 – 30 October 2022

The annual movie pageant Sharjah Film Platform helps the rising movie scene in Sharjah and the encompassing area by celebrating and sustaining the work of native, regional and worldwide filmmakers. The platform consists of brief and feature-length movie screenings with awards granted to pick out movies by a panel of notable jurors, a public programme of talks and workshops and the Sharjah Film Platform Industry Hub, an initiative that helps skilled growth, movie manufacturing and distribution regionally and internationally. This yr’s screening programme will supply a wider spectrum of movies than earlier iterations of Sharjah Film Platform, that includes the excellent works chosen from an open name from greater than 3,000 submissions; different current works in movie which have acquired crucial acclaim and historic movies by trailblazing administrators who formed the historical past of cinema in and across the area.  

25 November 2022 – 27 November 2022
Venue: Bait Obaid Al Shamsi

FOCAL POINT is an artwork e book truthful supporting the observe of impartial bookmaking from the area and all over the world. The annual occasion showcases a compelling number of printed materials by artists’ presses, bookmakers, self-publishers and different non-commercial cultural producers dedicated to increasing and experimenting with the medium of publishing. Hosted within the heritage home of Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, the truthful consists of talks, e book launches, artists’ signings, workshops, music and artist-made merchandise. The truthful locations a particular give attention to UAE-based publishers and capabilities as a crucial house for data sharing and neighborhood constructing. 

In the lead as much as FOCAL POINT 2022, SAF has launched two open calls: one for the annual publishing grant (deadline: 2 September 2022), and one other for the fourth version of its comedian anthology, Corniche (deadline: 30 June 2022). Winners of the publishing grant will probably be introduced through the truthful and the winners of the Corniche Open Call may have their work compiled right into a publication that can launch at FOCAL POINT 2022.

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