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Sharjah Biennial Officially Inaugurated By His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi

80 International Artists To Exhibit 53 New Commissions At This Years Event

The Sharjah Biennial 8 (SB8), the largest art event in the Arab world, was officially inaugurated this morning by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi- Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

The Biennial’s theme this year proposes art as a way of creating a better understanding about our relationship with nature and the environment, whilst considering its social, political, cultural and subjective dimensions in an interdisciplinary way with 53 new commissions.

SB8 will focus on the renewed role of art in addressing a wide range of issues that alarmingly affect human existence on earth. The Biennial’s programme includes exhibitions, performances, a film programme curated by Mark Nash and a symposium organised in collaboration with the American University of Sharjah, RSA (London) and curatorial practice Latitudes (Barcelona).

The entire city of Sharjah is being offered to more than 80 international artists for the creation of new site-specific work. Exhibitions, performances and events will take place across a wide range of venues including the Sharjah Art Museum, the Expo Centre, the Heritage Area of Sharjah, Qanat Al Qasba, and several outdoor urban and natural sites. The Sharjah Biennial Art Prizes will be awarded to two winning artists by a jury composed of Negar Azimi, Charles Esche and Geeta Kapur. Furthermore, UNESCO will award their Prize for the Promotion of the Arts & the Young Digital Creator Award, in collaboration with the Sharjah Biennial 8.

Photo Caption- from left to right: Hisham Al Madhloum- General Coordinator of the Biennial and Director of Sharjah Arts Museum, His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi- Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and Jack Persikian, Artistic Director of Sharjah Biennial at the inauguration ceremony.

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