The Sharjah Art Foundation announces an exciting autumn season of exhibitions

The Sharjah Art Foundation announces an exciting autumn season of exhibitions | Pro Club Bd

The Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) fall season features major group exhibitions and international collaborations and initiatives spanning contemporary art, photography, film and publishing.

Continuing the Foundation’s commitment to act as a catalyst for collaboration and exchange, program highlights include one of the first major group exhibitions exploring Pop Art in the South Asian context, a major exhibition of works from the Foundation’s collection featuring artists from several Diasporas at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, and a collaboration with Serpentine on a solo exhibition of pioneering Sudanese painter Kamala Ibrahim Ishag.

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“Pop South Asia”, a major survey taking place from September 2nd to December 11th, 2022, is one of the first attempts to provide a comprehensive study and framework of South Asian pop art, which includes more than 100 paintings, prints, sculpture , video and installation from the mid-20th century to the present.

Featuring some 40 artists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Diaspora, the exhibition moves across multiple themes, ranging from religious and folk practices to cinema and digital media, to challenge the conventional understanding of Pop Art to broaden perspectives beyond the West and engage with the specific complexities of what is “popular” in South Asia.

Co-organized with the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, the exhibition makes its debut at the Foundation and travels to the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi.

This exhibition at Al Mureijah Art Spaces (Galleries 1, 2, 3 and 6) 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 is a subscription-based streaming platform and in-person screening program organized by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea, in partnership with Sharjah Art Foundation and ArkDes Swedish Center for Architecture and Design. The project gives audiences worldwide free access to a selection of moving image artworks from the collections of these three major international institutions, and offers local audiences the opportunity to see a range of rarely seen media-based artworks on-site.

The Streaming Senses online platform features 22 artworks, six selected by the foundation, that respond to the relationship between technology and human perception, venturing beyond the screen to evoke various forms of synesthesia.

The presentation talks about what “sensing” could mean in the digital age through four sub-themes: “Optical Tactility”, “Calibrated Projection”, “Trance, Cross, Move” and “Bits of the Spirit”.
The works began streaming on the Watch and Chill website on June 10 with subtitles in Korean, English and Arabic; A new work is released every week.

The Sharjah Art Foundation’s on-site presentation at Gallery 5, Al Mureijah Art Spaces will include screenings of video works from the Foundation’s collection with accompanying public programs.

This exhibition is curated by Jihoi Lee (Architecture, Installation and Sculpture Curator, MMCA), Hoor Al Qasimi (Director, Sharjah Art Foundation) and James Taylor-Foster (Contemporary Architecture and Design Curator, ArkDes).

International presentations

The work of pioneering Sudanese artist Kamala Ibrahim Ishag (b. 1937) is featured in a major exhibition organized by Serpentine in London and the Sharjah Art Foundation in association with the Africa Institute, Sharjah.

The exhibition builds on the artist’s first major retrospective, organized by the Sharjah Art Foundation in 2016-2017.

Ishag has developed a unique and far-reaching practice that is not defined by a single style or movement. Most notable is her founding of the Crystalist school along with a number of her students in the mid-1970s, which contributed to the conceptual shift in contemporary art practice in Sudan. Her work encompasses and expresses diverse landscapes, stories, and themes in relation to how she experienced them.

The exhibition celebrates the breadth and importance of their work and offers London audiences glimpses into their worlds.

The exhibition features new paintings created in Ishag’s Khartoum studio that have never been shown before, with works from the 1960s to the present day.

In addition to large-format canvases and works on paper, the exhibition shows Ishag’s paintings on various surfaces such as gourds, umbrellas and leather drums. A selection of the artist’s graphic design practice and archive provides context to her prolific practice and experiences of living and working in Sudan for most of her career.

This exhibition is presented 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 ) curated by curator Serpentine).

“In the heart of another country”

Drawing on art from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, In the Heart of Another Country: The Diasporic Imagination in the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection explores the concept of home – of longing and belonging by artists drawn from multiple diasporas.

The exhibition, on view from 28 October 2022 to 12 March 2023 at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany, explores how physical movement – such as mobility across geographical borders – has shaped and contoured the framework of contemporary global art .

The artists featured here have traversed migration routes from South and West Asia through Africa and the Caribbean. Many now live in scattered places far removed from where they originally believed they belonged. In the Heart of Another Country showcases the work of more than 60 artists through over 140 artworks across all media, many of which have rarely, if ever, been seen outside of their original context.

Recently restored installations are presented alongside contemporary acquisitions that tell a shared story of kinship among artists—a story often developed against a backdrop of political turmoil and social unrest.

“In the Heart of Another Land” embodies the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection’s goal of presenting art that posits East-East and South-South alliances and forms a meeting place – a connective tissue that nourishes a polyphonic and integrative art history.

The exhibition is organized by the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, and the Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, and curated by Dr. Omar Kholeif, Director of Collections and Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE.

Hrair Sarkissian

Following her debut at Sharjah Art Foundation in 2021, Hrair Sarkissian’s first mid-career survey, titled “Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence,” travels to Bonnefanten in her most comprehensive presentation to date.

The exhibition, which runs from November 27, 2022 to May 14, 2023, includes the installation “Last Seen (2018-2021)” commissioned by SAF and presents the premiere of a major two-channel film commission entitled “Sweet and Sour”. (2022).

Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence, 2021. Installation view: Sharjah Art Foundation, 2021. (Photo: Shanavas Jamaluddin)

Syrian-Armenian artist Sarkissian’s large format photographs are developed with a large format camera – a lifelong practice first developed in his father’s photo studio in Damascus. Acting simultaneously as archaeologist and storyteller, Sarkissian’s works in photography, sound, film and installation conjure up landscapes that uncover hidden stories, often hidden from official records.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Omar Kholeif (Collections Director and Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation); dr Theodor Ringborg (Artistic Director, Bonniers Konsthall); and Stijn Huijts (Artistic Director, Bonnefanten).

Available in the exhibition is Sarkissian’s first major monograph, edited and co-authored by Kholeif, with contributions from Hoor Al Qasimi, Marianne Hirsch, Stijn Huijts, Hannah Feldman, Vali Mahlouji, Todd Reisz, and co-editor Dr. Theodor Ringborg.

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