March Meeting 2014: Come Together | Sharjah

Sharjah Art Foundation | March Meeting 2014: Come Together
March 13–16, 2014

Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) announces the preliminary schedule of speakers, events, and exhibitions for the 2014 March Meeting (MM2014), taking place March 13 to 16, in Sharjah, UAE.

Conceived by Sharjah Biennial 12 (SB12) curator Eungie Joo as an integral part of the Biennial—opening in March 2015—the seventh annual MM2014 is a four-day symposium including presentations about past projects in Sharjah and the UAE, introductions to the work of artists who will be commissioned for SB12, sessions for collective research and analysis, keynote presentations by leading figures in the region, and time for informal conversation. As a departure point for SB12, MM2014 sets a tone of collaboration and exchange for the coming year.

March Meeting 2014 will coincide with exhibitions of work by Rasheed Araeen, Susan Hefuna, and Wael Shawky, on view March 13 through June 13. The March Project opens March 16, featuring new commissions by early career artists, curated by SAF President and Director Hoor Al Qasimi.

Schedule for March Meeting 2014
Thursday, March 13
Welcome by Abdullah Al Owais (Sharjah Department of Culture and Information)
Introduction by SAF President Hoor Al Qasimi and SB12 curator Eungie Joo
Sustained engagements: Tarek Atoui, CAMP, and Abdullah Al Saadi
From Here #1: Doryun Chong (M+ Museum) on Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant Garde
Case studies #1: Developing a language of cultural production—Leonor Antunes, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Michael Joo, and Wael Shawky
Discussion session led by Sarah Rifky (Beirut) and Eungie Joo
Opening reception: Exhibitions by Rasheed Araeen, Susan Hefuna, and Wael Shawky
Screening: Traitors (2012) by Sean Gullette

Friday, March 14
Keynote #1: History of cultural production and institutions in Sharjah—Hisham Al Madhloum (Sharjah Directorate of Art)
Case studies #2: Engaging with a place, a moment, a built environment—Iman Issa, Hassan Khan, Rayyane Tabet, and Danh Vo
Keynote #2: A conversation with Christine Tohme
Collective research session #1: International Art Exhibition in Solidarity with Palestine—Kristine Khouri and Rasha Salti
Collective research session #2: From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2013)—Screening and discussion with CAMP

Saturday, March 15
From Here #2: On building a collection—Rodrigo Moura (Instituto Inhotim) and Hoor Al Qasimi (SAF)
Keynote #3: Tarek Abou El Fetouh
Case studies #3: After History—Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Nikhil Chopra, Ntone Edjabe, Cinthia Marcelle, and Adrián Villar Rojas
Collective research session #3: Samia Rab (American University in Sharjah)
Discussion session led by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie
Collective research session #4: The Ugly One—Screening and discussion with Eric Baudelaire

Sunday, March 16
From here #4: Imagining the future—Mohammed Hafiz (Athr Gallery), Sarah Rifky (Beirut), Gabi Ngcobo (Center for Historical Reenactments), Zeynep Oz (SPOT)
Closing discussion session
Opening reception: The March Project
Collective Research #5: Revisiting Tarab (2013) Project—screening of film by Fouad Elkoury and discussion with the filmmaker and Tarek Atoui

MM2014 and related events are free and open to the public. Register at register@sharjahart.org.For more information on SAF and its programmes, visit www.sharjahart.org.

Media contacts:
FITZ & CO: Katrina Weber Ashour, T +1 212 627 1455 ext. 232 / katrina@fitzandco.com
Sharjah Art Foundation: Maitha Al Jassim, T +971 6 544 4113 ext. 25 / maitha@sharjahart.org

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