The Artists of 2020: Tarek Atoui
By HG MASTERS
Working at crossroads of music and art, Tarek Atoui is the conductor and convener of events that bring together musicians with a vast array of specialized talent, as well as the creator of unlikely musical instruments inspired by traditional forms from around the world. Continuing more than a decade of collaboration with the Sharjah Art Foundation and its surrounding communities, the exhibition “Cycles in 11” (9/19–4/10/21) highlighted Atoui’s practice of inventing instruments with a combination of ordinary objects like rocks or marbles, paired with mechanized or electrified elements, as part of the five-year-long project The Ground (2016–20). Atoui also conceived of “Cycles in 11” as a sound workshop and established a musical residency program for 11 composers, musicians, and other artists in the eastern coastal city of Kalba.