Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) has announced the dates for its Sharjah Biennial 11 next year which will feature artwork from Saadane Afif (France), Yang Fudong (China), Studio Mumbai (India), Kazuyo Sejima (Japan), and Wael Shawky (Egypt).
For the theme of Sharjah Biennial 11, to be held March 13, 2013, Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT), has selected artworks that explore the complexity and diversity of cultures, societies, and political relations, and encourage new forms of dialogue.
Hasegawa was inspired by the metaphor of the courtyard in Islamic architecture, where elements of both public and private life co-exist, in particular the historical courtyards of Sharjah and the exchanges and encounters they host.
“I will invite a selection of Indian, Lebanese, Belgian, Japanese, and Spanish architects to help envision a new urban structure that connects the historic area and its courtyard typology with the larger city,” said Hasegawa.
“Within these new and traditional structures a broad range of artists will be invited to create works that will offer new experiences to be shared. Here the courtyard becomes more than a ‘place’—it becomes a ‘condition’ where culture is nourished and true knowledge is formed.”
Hoor Al Qasimi, president, SAF, added the 2013 Biennial will reflect Sharjah’s long history as a place where diverse communities are encouraged to share ideas and contribute to the multi-cultural landscape that is characteristic of the Emirate.
SAF is funded by the Department of Culture and Information, Government of Sharjah.