Keeping in mind the theme of production and process, each participating artist was asked to respond to a questionnaire about their work in the Biennial. The result is an amalgamation of notes, collages, annotations, sketches, maquettes and ideas that would eventually, for most, become site-specific projects created in Sharjah.
This publication is the first book in a set of two that, together, aims to document the process of making and presenting site-specific work in the biennial context. Each artist was given seven pages of the catalogue to respond to the questionnaire and provide sketches, other visuals, biographical information and an installation view of their work.
About the Editor
Antonia Carver is Director of Art Jameel, which supports artists and creative communities. She has written extensively on Middle Eastern art and film; regularly speaks at local and international conferences; and sits on governmental and non-governmental boards and committees.
Valerie Grove is a journalist and biographer who has written interviews and features mainly for the Sunday Times, The Times and the Evening Standard for more than 40 years, as well as several biographies.
Lara Khaldi is an independent curator and critic based in Jerusalem. Khaldi lectures in media studies at Al-Quds Bard College in Jerusalem and previously taught art history and theory at Palestine’s Birzeit University.
About the Publishers
Sharjah Art Foundation hosts numerous activities and events throughout the year, from exhibitions featuring the work of Arab and international artists, live music and performances to film screenings and artist talks as well as extensive art education programmes for children, adults and families. Additionally, the Foundation has over the years published a range of books that include Sharjah Biennial and exhibition catalogues, books about the March Meetings and limited-edition artists’ publications.
Since its founding in 2004, the award-winning Middle Eastern art and culture magazine Bidoun has pioneered a distinctive voice that is intelligent, critical and original in its coverage of the arts and culture scene of the Middle East. Serving as a platform—for new questions, images and ideas about the Middle East, Bidoun’s activities fall under three primary areas: publishing, education and curation, its projects including artist commissions, talks, tours, performances and an online archive of avant-garde media.