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.

March Meeting 2014: Come Together
March 13–16, 2014

Sharjah Art Foundation

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.

MM2014 and related events are free and open to the public. Register at register@sharjahart.org.

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 SharjahHisham 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 HistoryBasel 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

Schedule subject to change.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Ole Scheeren, “Mirage City Cinema,” 2013. Cinema-architecture space. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

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