Artists are honored and history revisited at the opening of the 11th Sharjah Biennial

Wael Shawky, Dictums 10:120, Sharjah Biennial 11 performance. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation

Wael Shawky, Dictums 10:120, Sharjah Biennial 11 performance. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation

While we’re on the region, the Sharjah Biennial has opened its 11th edition, titled Re:emerge – Towards a New Cultural Cartography, which was curated by Yuko and includes more than 100 artists (among them “Perpetual Battles” alums Saâdane Afif and Latifa Echakhch as well as Pedro Reyes, Olafur Eliasson and a collaboration between Matthew Barney and Elizabeth Peyton.)

This opening week, seven of those artists were honored with the Sharjah Biennial Prize: Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chai Siri; Tiffany Chung; Wael Shawky; Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian; Magdi Mostafa; and Fumito Urabe. Weerasethakul was nominated for his video about a Bangladeshi worker, Dilbar, 2013, which made together with Siri, though he also contributed by curating the film program. Meanwhile, Shawky won for his performance Dictums 10:120, which revisited the scandal-plagued 10th Biennial by translating excerpts of its curatorial text into Urdu. Shawky gave a brief interview about the preparation process here, for the Sharjah Art Foundation’s website.

SAF: What do you think of the Sharjah Biennial?
Wael: (laughs) It hasn’t started yet…but for now optimistic!

And rightly so. All told, the total prizes were worth around $40,000.

For more information on the 11th Sharjah Biennial (which runs until May 13, 2013), check the website.

Apichatpong Weeraseth, DILBAR, 2013. Courtesy Kick the Machine Films, and Sharjah Art Foundation.

Still from Apichatpong Weeraseth and Chai Siri, Dilbar, 2013. Courtesy Kick the Machine Films, and Sharjah Art Foundation.


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