Sharjah Biennial explained

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A truly international event, the Biennial focuses on triggering ideas and intellectual responses from an international array of artists, by providing them with a theoretical and physical environment, to which they respond with typically innovative and unique artworks. Sharjah itself is pressed into service, the ever-shifting urban cityscape being assimilated into the fabric of the work, open for the public to enjoy and appreciate at leisure.

Sharjah Biennial 10 is titled ‘Plot For A Biennial’ and is curated by Suzanne Cotter, Rasha Salti and associate curator Haig Aivazian. This edition of the Biennial is undertaking its most ambitious programme to date with artists and participants from across the globe producing new work, screenings of commissioned films, live music, performances, public workshops for students and families, talks, seminars and publications in a variety of venues across Sharjah, from new spaces created especially for Sharjah Biennial 10, to historic venues, city streets and the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. It will unfold along narratives – itineraries – scripted by the curators, architects and exhibition designers. With the majority of events free of charge and fully accessible to all, it’s the perfect opportunity to engage with some of the most cutting-edge creativity from around the world on our doorstep!

Alongside the Biennial, the renowned March Meetings will be returning with a selection of institutions, artists, organisations and art practitioners from across the Middle East, North African and South Asian territories convening for lively and unique discussions, networking and collaborating.

The Biennial kicks off on March 16, with an opening ceremony, in the presence of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasemi, Member Of The UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah at the Sharjah Art Museum. The March Meetings programme runs between March 13 and 15, in various Sharjah locations.

March 16–May 16. Various locations, Sharjah. For full details see www.sharjahart.org.

By Georgina Wilson-Powell
Time Out Dubai,

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