Sharjah: Sharjah Art Foundation are presenting “In Spite of it All,” an exhibition of works from the Foundation’s growing collection, running from November 3, 2012 to January 3, 2013.
The exhibition was curated by Sharjah Art Foundation’s president and director Hoor Al Qasimi and will showcase films, videos and installation works by 14 artists.
The works were either originally commissioned for and shown in past Sharjah biennials or other SAF exhibitions between 2003 to 2011, or acquired by the Foundation because of their resonance with the socio-political, cultural and economic realities of Sharjah and the wider region.
The opening was at 6pm, November 3 at the Collections Building, Arts Area in Sharjah.
The artists included in this exhibition are Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Muratbek Djoumaliev and Gulnara Kazmalieva, Nikolaj Larsen, Maha Maamoun, Rashid Masharawi, Jean-Luc Moulène, Moataz Nasr, Marcel Odenbach, Melik Ohanian, Mario Rizzi, Raeda Saadeh, Jayce Salloum, Sharif Waked and Liu Wei.
Hoor said, “Collectively, these artists’ explore the effects of modernisation, experiences of violence and terror, and the feeling of being imprisoned by a faceless system resistant to change, which shape the lives and subjectivities of contemporary individuals. Problematising the promise of a better future and challenging nostalgic references to glorious histories, they work to cultivate a historical consciousness and a critical engagement with the past.”