Sharjah Biennial returns with 140 artists from 70 countries

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(ANSAmed) – NAPLES, APRIL 20 – Over 140 artists from 70
countries will take part in the 15th edition of the Sharjah
Biennial, the newspaper The National reports, quoting the
Sharjah Art Foundation. The foundation presented the event in
the city of the United Arab Emirates after postponements due to
Covid. The event will take place from February 7 to June 11,
2023.

The Biennial will focus on “thinking historically in the
present” and was conceived by Nigerian curator, art critic and
writer Okwi Enwezor, who died in 2019, and biennial curator Hoor
Al Qasimi.

The festival will be held across 16 locations of Sharjah,
including a vegetable market, an power station and a former
nursery. To mark the platform’s 30th anniversary, 30 commissions
will include artists such as John Akomfrah, Kader Attia, Destiny
Deacon, Bouchra Khalili, Doris Salcedo, Yinka Shonibare, Hajra
Waheed and Carrie Mae Weems.

“Okwui saw the Sharja Biennial’s 30th anniversary as an
opportunity to reflect on the role that biennials serve in the
ecosystem of contemporary art”, said Al Qasimi, expressing
gratitude “to Okwui and the ambitious intellectual project he
conceived”. (ANSAmed).