The National Pavilion United Arab Emirates (UAE) la Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, and under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, as the curator for the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia to be held in 2015.
Sheikha Hoor has contributed immeasurably to the growth of the critically renowned and respected Sharjah Biennial, and has helped expand the region’s art and culture outreach to a wide audience through her work at the Sharjah Art Foundation. Her experience and ambitious vision have helped to realize milestone projects and exhibitions, placing the UAE firmly on the international art map. The National Pavilion UAE is honored to have Sheikha Hoor on board, and is confident that she will help to take the organization’s academic and cultural programming to new heights.
“We are proud Her Excellency Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi will curate our 2015 exhibition in Venice. The National Pavilion will greatly benefit from her expertise and vision,” says Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed Al Nahyan, Chair of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.
“I am honored to serve in the role of curator for the National Pavilion for the UAE la Biennale di Venezia. I believe it is important to recognize the great depth of artistic talent in the UAE and to acknowledge the history of art and cultural production in this country,” said Her Excellency Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi.
About Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi
Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, is a practicing artist who received her BFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2002), a Diploma in Painting from the Royal Academy of Arts (2005) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London (2008). In 2003 she was appointed director of the Sharjah Biennial and has continued in this position since that time.
She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the College of Art and Design, University of Sharjah, Member of the Advisory Board, Khoj International Artists’ Association, India, and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, and serves on the Board of Directors for MoMA PS1, New York, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, the International Biennial Association, Gwangju and Ashkal Alwan, Beirut. Al Qasimi is a Visiting Lecturer at Slade School of Fine Art, London and is currently a Scholar-in-Residence with The Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM) at Cornell University. She has served on the juries for the Dubai International Film Festival (2014), the Benesse Prize (2013), the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award (2012) and the selection panel for the Berlin Biennial (2012).
Her recent and upcoming curatorial projects at SAF include In Spite of it All (2012) and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: A Collective Memory (2013), and in 2014 Ahmed Mater: 100 Found Objects,Abdullah Al Saadi: Al-Toubay, Rasheed Araeen: Before and After Minimalism, Wael Shawky: Horsemen Adore Perfumes and other stories, and Susan Hefuna: Another Place.
The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation
under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development
Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi © Photo: Courtesy National Pavilion of the UAE