In the annual spring convening of international and local thought-leaders and arts practitioners who gather on SAF’s international idea-exchange platform, this year’s edition of Sharjah Art Foundation’s March Meeting will feature a series of talks, installations and performances under the theme Active Forms. It will explore resistance through organising, considered an act of and condition for cultural production, in art, writing, film, music, performance and architectural practices.
Engaging forms and knowledge of resistance from past and present, March Meeting 2018 will also interrogate the relationship between tangible projects, exhibitions and conferences, and the informal nature from which they emerge into structured happenings. Posing questions such as, “How do questions of organising enable us to conceptualise resistance as not only a practice of standing against, but also one of ongoing exchange and future planning?” and “How might such thinking help us reassess art’s relationship to notions of authorship, agency, power and public?” the event will also address these notions through workshops on artistic production, institution building, architecture, infrastructure, film, music and literature. The key ideas will be further elaborated upon by a special exhibition running 16 March-16 June. With works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection on show, visitors will encounter pieces by artists such as John Akomfrah, Simone Fattal, Hazem Harb, Maha Maamoun, Almagul Menlibayeva and Magdi Mostafa, among others.
SAF also announced its spring exhibition line up of five solo survey exhibitions of Latif Al Ani, Anna Boghiguian, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Mona Saudi and Zineb Sedira. “Sharjah Art Foundation’s spring exhibitions spotlight five artists from across our region who have made pioneering contributions to contemporary art and whose practices address a broad range of timely concerns,” said Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, in a statement. “Through these solo presentations, we aim to provide new insights on their practices and on the issues that have influenced contemporary art practitioners for decades. With the March Meeting presented concurrently this spring, we look forward to welcoming local and international visitors, artists and cultural producers alike to reflect on the transformational role of art and its influence on today’s most pressing issues.”
Highlights include commissions by Naeem Mohaiemen and a special performance by Wael Shawky that debuted in 2017, along with a video work by Halil Atindere.
March Meeting is free and open to the public.