Sharjah Biennial 15 Releases Artist List
By The Editors
As the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) prepares for the opening of Sharjah Biennial 15 (SB15) on February 7, the organization has released the names of more than 150 participants in the 30th anniversary edition. SB15 will feature 70 new projects among more than 300 artworks on view.
Titled “Thinking Historically in the Present,” the Biennial was conceived by the late curator Okwui Enwezor and is curated by SAF director Hoor Al Qasimi with a working committee of Enwezor’s close colleagues. The concept derives from the Nigerian-born curator’s groundbreaking explorations of postcolonialism in global art, which shifted conversations and perspectives in the art world to a more international and historical ones as he led Documenta 11 through multiple cities from 1997 through its penultimate staging in Kassel in 2002.
Artworks in SB15 trace several major themes, according to Al Qasimi, including “perspectives on nationhood, tradition, race, gender, body and imagination.” Among the major new commissions for SB15 will be from celebrated artist-filmmaker John Akomfrah, a feature-length film by Coco Fusco, a multimedia work by Almagul Menlibayeva, a sound installation by Hajra Waheed, and projects that engage the local context of Sharjah, including those by Chicago-based painter Kerry James Marshall and Paris-based conceptual artist Nil Yalter.
SB15 will take place at 19 venues, from heritage buildings
to the modernist landmarks as well as SAF’s art spaces and span across five
cities and towns in the emirate of Sharjah, including Al Dhaid, Hamriyah, Kalba, and Khorfakkan. The opening week program of performances and events takes place from February 7 to 12.
SAF’s annual program of lectures and performances, March Meeting, is scheduled for March 9–12 and titled “The Postcolonial Constellation: Art, Culture, Politics after 1960.” SB15 is free to the public and runs through June 11.
Here is the list of artists participating in Sharjah Biennial 15.
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
Au Sow Yee
Pablo Bartholomew and Richard Bartholomew
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Iftikhar Dadi and Elizabeth Dadi
Annalee Davis and Yoeri Guépin
Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani
Malek Gnaoui and Ala Eddine Slim
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
Laura Huertas Millán
Reena Saini Kallat
Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer with Oba
Tania El Khoury
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Lee Kai Chung
The Living and the Dead Ensemble
Nabil El Makhloufi
Jawad Al Malhi
Kerry James Marshall
New Red Order
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi
Selma Ouissi and Sofiane Ouissi
Pak Khawateen Painting Club
Anita Pouchard Serra
Jasbir Puar and Dima Srouji
Monira Al Qadiri
Farah Al Qasimi
Nusra Latif Qureshi
Wendy Red Star
Mounira Al Solh
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum
Hank Willis Thomas
Akeim Toussaint Buck
Carrie Mae Weems