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Sharjah Art Foundation Announces Programme Highlights and Participants for March Meeting 2018: Active Forms

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Sharjah Art Foundation today announced additional highlights and participants for March Meeting 2018 (MM 2018), an annual convening of local and international artists, curators, scholars and other arts practitioners who explore topical issues in contemporary art through a programme of talks and performances.

Open to the public from March 17 to 19, this year’s edition, Active Forms, will address issues of resistance through the consideration of organising as a primary act and condition for artistic and cultural production. Examining the relationship between familiar forms, such as projects, exhibitions and conferences, and the informal activity from which these emerge, MM 2018 explores how organising enables us to conceptualise resistance not only as a practice of "standing against" but also one of ongoing exchange and future planning. Further, MM 2018 will reassess notions of authorship and agency through the lens of art, writing, film, music, performance and architecture, which inspire new ways of catalysing thoughts and actions.

"The annual March Meeting provides an opportunity to come together for reflection and to continue this ongoing dialogue on the most pressing issues of our time," said Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah Art Foundation. "We look forward to welcoming audiences and participants to be a part of this robust cultural exchange."

The 2018 edition will present a wide range of programming and feature artists, curators, cultural producers and representatives from major institutions. Highlights of Active Forms include:


A number of performances will take place throughout MM 2018, beginning with the Sharjah debut of Wael Shawky’s large-scale musical and theatrical performance The Song of Roland: The Arabic Version (2017) on March 16 and 17. Based on the French epic poem La Chanson de Roland, the work was co-produced by Sharjah Art Foundation and premiered in 2017 at the Theater der Welt Festival in Hamburg, Germany, before touring internationally.

Experimental composer and musician Neo Muyanga will present two performances as part of the MM 2018 programme. The first, informed by a week-long workshop, will assemble a multi-lingual chorus to explore "hidden voices" and expressions of hope, fear and longing. The following evening, Muyanga will present a solo performance titled Tsohle- revolting mass (2017).

Exhibition: Active Forms

In addition to the programme of talks, panel discussions and performances, the 2018 edition of the March Meeting will include an exhibition of works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection on view from March 16 to June 16, 2018. Expanding on the meeting’s key ideas, the exhibition will feature artists John Akomfrah, Basma Alsharif, Halil Altindere, Bahar Behbahani, Hazem Harb, Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev, Almagul Menlibayeva, Naeem Mohaiemen and Raeda Saadeh.

Announcement of production programme grant recipients

The winners of this year’s Production Programme grant cycle will be announced on March 16.

Spring 2018 Exhibitions

Concurrent with MM 2018, five exhibitions will also be on view featuring work by Mona Saudi (March 7–June 7); Anna Boghiguian, Latif Al Ani, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim and Zineb Sedira (March 16–June 16).

March Meeting 2018 and all Sharjah Art Foundation events are free and open to the public.

For more information and to register to attend, click here.

March Meeting 2018 speakers and participants include: 

John Akomfrah (artist)

Mishaal Al Gergawi (Managing director, Delma Institute)

Hoor Al Qasimi (Director, Sharjah Art Foundation)

Rasheed Araeen (artist)

Marwa Arsanios (artist)

Sarnath Banerjee (artist, graphic novelist and writer)

Yaminay Chaudhri (Co-founder, Tentative Collective)

Ali Cherri (artist)

Manthia Diawara (Filmmaker and Professor at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University)

Mona El Mousfy (Sharjah Architectural Triennial)

Shilpa Gupta (artist)

Dale Harding (artist)

Salah Hassan (Goldwin Smith Professor and Director, Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University)

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim (Artist)

Saba Innab (artist)

Eungie Joo (Curator of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), Butheina Kazim (Co-founder, Cinema Akil)

Antonio Vega Macotela (artist)

Ahmed Mater (artist)

Sally Mizrachi (Co-founder, lugar a dudas)

Naeem Mohaiemen (artist)

Hania Mroué (Founder and director, Metropolis Art Cinema)

Neo Muyanga (Composer and musician)

Zeynep Öz (Curator)

Sharmini Pereira (Founder and director, Raking Leaves)

Monira Qadiri (artist)

Manuel de Rivero (Co-founder, Supersudaca)

Abir Saksouk-Sasso (Architect, Public Works)

Larissa Sansour (artist)

Zineb Sedira (artist)

Reem Shilleh (Co-Founder, Subversive Films)

Martine Syms (artist)

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Co-founder, Atelier Bow-Wow)

Alper Turan (Co-founder, DAS Art Project)

Deepak Unnikrishnan (Writer)

Mohanad Yacubi (Co-Founder, Subversive Films)

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Gathering of Sharjah Biennial 11 attendees, 2013. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

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