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Sharjah Biennial 13, 2017

5 parts, October 2016 - October 2017

Exhibitions, programmes, projects in Sharjah, Beirut, Dakar, Ramallah, Istanbul

Main exhibition and programme in
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates:
10 March - 12 June 2017

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

Curator: Christine Tohmé

73 participants in Sharjah

SB13: Tamawuj Act 1 in Sharjah
10 March - 12 June 2017

In our extensive visual tour through the exhibition in Sharjah we show works by all participants, with texts from the SB13 Guide Book, as well as information about the venues.
You can also access the tour chapters through a special Google Map which offers the option to show your own route to each venue.
SB13 in Sharjah


Unfolding in five parts between October 2016 and January 2018, Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj extends beyond previous Sharjah Biennial formats in both space and time to encompass exhibitions, projects and education programmes in five locations.

Curated by Christine Tohme, Sharjah Biennial 13 includes a public programme in two acts, one in Sharjah (10 March - 12 June 2017) and one in Beirut (19 October 2017 - 19 January 2018), as well as the SB13 School education programme in Sharjah.

The thematic focus of SB13, Tamawuj [rising and falling in waves], is grounded in four keywords water, crops, earth and culinary, which form the foundations of social interaction and exchange.

Off-site projects have been conceived by four interlocutors, each engaging with one of the keywords, underpinning the conceptual framework of SB13. In January 2017, Kader Attia investigated water in Dakar ( more about), Zeynep Oz considers crops in Istanbul (opening 13 May 2017), Lara Khaldi studies earth in Ramallah (opening 10 August 2017) and Ashkal Alwan reflects on the culinary in Beirut (opening 15 October 2017).

Just as the thematic keywords are porous and feed into one another, SB13 places researchers and interlocutors in conversation with one another, and with Sharjah. Its multi-city, multi-part programmes are envisaged as infrastructures to channel knowledge transmission and information sharing between artists, curators, editors, researchers and the general public. This fluidity of knowledge irrigates new, enduring terrains of collaboration and references the threefold meaning of Tamawuj: a rising and falling in waves; a flowing, swelling, surging or fluctuation; and a wavy, undulating appearance, outline or form.

SB13 also features other two important components:

chip-ship, is an online repository for textual, visual and auditory data related to the four SB13 keywords. The material was collated over eight months by 15 researchers located in Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah, Beirut and Sharjah.

tamawuj.org, the year-long publishing platform of the Biennial. Edited by Omar Berrada, Amal Issa, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie and Brian Kuan Wood, featuring essays, images, videos, experimental writings, fragmentary texts and other audio-visual materials in Arabic, English, French and Turkish, the platform functions as a site of inquiry and reflection for a wider audience.

Recipients of the Sharjah Biennial Prize 2017

Dineo Seshee Bopape, İnci Eviner, Uriel Orlow, Walid Siti. A special prize was awarded to the late Ali Jabri and will be dedicated to the conservation of his work.
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Organizer: Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Biennial is organised by Sharjah Art Foundation, which brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region.

Since 1993, Sharjah Biennial has commissioned, produced and presented large-scale public installations, performances and films, offering artists from the region and beyond an internationally recognised platform for exhibition and experimentation.

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