[Blueboard] Sharjah Biennial 14 (SB14): Leaving the Echo Chamber

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Sharjah Biennial 14 (SB14): Leaving the Echo Chamber

*A roundtable discussion with Claire Tancons, Zoe Butt, Hoor Al Qasimi and
Omar Khalif, moderated by Ma. Victoria Herrera*

Presented by Sharjah Art Foundation, Ateneo Art Gallery, Areté and Green
Papaya Art Projects

24 January 2018 (Wednesday), 7:00PM | Ateneo Art Gallery

Ben Chan ArtSuite, 2F, Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila
University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines

The three SB14 curators – Omar Kholeif (participating remotely), Claire
Tancons and Zoe Butt – and the Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Hoor
Al Qasimi, will share the work of Sharjah Art Foundation and reveal the
individual preoccupations behind each of the three curatorial perspectives
for SB14. Opening in March 2019, SB14 will showcase three unique
exhibitions that explore the possibilities for creating art when history is
increasingly fictionalised; when ideas of ’society' are invariably
displaced when borders and beliefs are under constant renegotiation and our
material culture is under the constant threat of human destruction and
climate degradation.

SB14: Leaving the Echo Chamber
Incessant newsfeeds enabled by rapid technological change have created the
conditions of a seemingly inescapable echo chamber. Leaving the Echo
Chamber, the fourteenth edition of the Sharjah Biennial, ponders the causal
realities and residual qualities of this perpetual loop through the
distinct voices of its three curators.

Each of the curatorial proposals will ignite critical questions that dwell
within this echo chamber. Resisting spaces of enclosure, they reveal a
complex polyphony of artistic practices, positions and possibilities within
the hyperbolic mediated cultural state in which we live. How do we map our
way forward into a realm that seems to be in continual free fall? How do we
choreograph a future when narratives are formed through algorithms and
history fictionalised or obliterated? How do we mobilise what is left of
the idea of the social–let alone the ideal of society–under conditions of
dispossession and diaspora? How do we live in a world where borders and
beliefs–whether tangible or intangible–need constant renegotiation? How do
we frame the body in an age of augmented and virtual reality when the
sensorial seems evermore beholden to the retinal? How do we produce art
when material culture is under constant threat of human destruction and
climate degradation and the world appears as if it were a mirage?

SB14 aims to deepen the context of such questions, presenting a unique set
of experiences.  It intertwines questions around the demands made on our
society and seeks to expand art’s potential as a space for agency.

About Sharjah Biennial
Organised by Sharjah Art Foundation, the Sharjah Biennial is an
international platform for exhibition and experimentation for artists from
the region and beyond. Since 1993, the Sharjah Biennial has commissioned,
produced and presented large-scale public installations, performances and
films by artists from around the world, bringing a broad range of
contemporary art cultural programmes and cultural producers to the
communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region. Sharjah Biennial 14 (SB14)
will be held in March 2019, and the curators are Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and
Claire Tancons.

About Sharjah Art Foundation
Sharjah Art Foundation is an advocate, catalyst and producer of
contemporary art within the Emirate of Sharjah and the surrounding region,
in dialogue with the international arts community. Advancing an
experimental and wide-ranging programmatic model, the foundation supports
the production and presentation of contemporary art. Through the Sharjah
Biennial, the annual March Meeting, year-round exhibitions, education and
community programmes, grants, residencies and ambitious commissions, the
foundation encourages a shared understanding of the transformational role
of art.

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