12-13 March ~ Sharjah Art Foundation invites you to the March Meeting 2016: Education, Engagement and Participation with a wealth of interesting contributors, among them Farid Rakun, David Dibosa and Elizabeth Giorgis.

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Sharjah Art Foundation announces the 9th annual March Meeting that takes place during a week of events from March 11–15 that includes exhibition openings, performances and other discursive programmes.


March Meeting 2016: Education, Engagement and Participation will consider how institutions, initiatives, curators and artists have increasingly prioritised their relationships with audiences and communities. The two-day convening will bring together local, regional and international practitioners to explore issues, concerns and initiatives surrounding this work in a series of programmed keynotes, case studies and panel discussions, as well as through informal conversations shared over the week of events.

Panels will explore topics such as how institutions can become more open and representational through programming and policies that recognise the diversity of audiences and communities or the essential role of biennials particularly in areas where there is little existent art infrastructure or support for discourse and the production of art. Also examined will be expanded notions of curatorial practice including discursive, collaborative and open-ended models of exhibition and event production and how libraries and archives offer communities a way to reclaim their histories, while performative and live programming gives agency to individuals and collective audiences. Traditional and alternative models of art school will be considered in the context of regional priorities and urgencies. Finally, a group of artists will talk about their community-based work.

Speakers will include: Leeza Ahmady (Field Meeting, USA), Khulood Al Atiyat (Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, UAE),Hoor Al Qasimi (Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE), Manal Ataya (Sharjah Museums Department, UAE), Stefan Benchoam (NuMu, Guatemala), Klaus Biesenbach (MoMA PS1, USA), Zoe Butt(Sàn-Art, Vietnam), Susanna Chung (Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong), Anna Cutler (Tate, UK), Dr David Dibosa (University of the Arts, London, UK), Maha Elazar (Awladouna Centre for People with Disabilities, UAE), Aisha Deemas (Sharjah Museums Department, UAE), Ahmed El Attar (D-CAF Festival, See Foundation, Egypt), Reem Fadda (Marrakech Biennale, Morocco), Azadeh Fatehrad (Artist and Curator, Iran), Silvia Franceschini (School of Kyiv, Kyiv Biennial, Ukraine), Elizabeth Giorgis (Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Ethiopia), Sandi Hilal (Decolonizing Architecture Artist Residency, Palestine), Thaier Helal (College of Fine Arts, University of Sharjah, UAE), Andria Hickey (Public Art Fund, USA), Mohammed Kazem (Artist, UAE), Melanie Keen (Iniva, UK), Nsenga Knight (Artist, USA), Riyas Komu (Kochi Biennale Foundation, India), Melissa Karmen Lee (Slought Foundation, USA), Rick Lowe (Artist, Project Row Houses, USA), Patrick Mudekereza (Centre d'art de Lubumbashi, Congo), Oscar Murillo (Artist, Frequencies Project, UK), Joe Namy (Artist, USA/Lebanon), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries, UK), Prateek Raja (Experimenter Curator's Hub, India), Farid Rakun (Ruangrupa, Indonesia), Ismail Al Rifaie (Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE), Ruba Salim (Riwaq, Palestine), Zineb Sedira (aria, Algeria), Tina Sherwell (International Academy of Art, Palestine), Alia Swastika (Biennale Jogja 13, Indonesia), Sally Tallant (Liverpool Biennial, UK), Claire Tancons (Printemps de Septembre Biennial, France); Christine Tohmé (Ashkal Alwan, Lebanon), Toleen Touq (Spring Sessions, Jordan), Murtaza Vali (Writer and curator, UAE),and William Wells (Townhouse, Egypt).

Register for March Meeting 2016 to receive additional information and details about the programme at register@sharjahart.org


Sharjah Art Foundation
c/o Sharjah Art Museum
PO Box 19989
Al Shuwaiheen
Arts Area, Sharjah