I. The Sharjah Biennial organized its second artist talk in the week leading up to the opening of the 11th Biennial. Biennial curator Yuko Hasegawa moderated a panel discussion with Brazilian sculptor Ernesto Neto and artist Francis Alys. The artists discussed the progress of their works, as well as their relation to this year’s biennial theme “Re-emerge: towards a new cultural cartography”. The talk was in neighboring emirate, Dubai, at warehouse space-turned-art-venue “Traffic”.
Hasegawa, Alys and Nesto on the panel
NEW COURTYARDS AND OLD COURTYARDS
II. Biennial curator Yuko Hasewaga started off the event by introducing the curatorial concept [ courtyards ] : a space whose meanings shape not only the works themselves, but the physical setting they occupy . Hasegawa discussed the initial reflections from which the idea was conceived, and its central role in fashioning the grounds of the biennial, which is in the process of inaugurating several new spaces on the premises.
The biennial takes place entirely in one of Sharjah’s “old” neighborhoods, complete with traditional Emirati architecture, in which the courtyard, and the culture and practices it produces as a creative space are evoked.
As the “new (art) spaces” are erected by the Sharjah Art Foundation in the heart of the intertwining paths of the old city, a compelling dialogue between the traditional and modern spaces flourishes.
One of the Heritage area’s traditional courtyards, currently hosting the work of Carlos Amorales
Sharjah Art foundation, creating New Courtyards as art spaces. Currently exhibiting Shiro Tatakani’s Composition
IV. Keeping with his Community aided interventions, Alys’ “Don’t cross the bridge until you get to the river” evolves to epic proportions.
Alys talks about his current project, and breaking with previous approaches - tackling geo-political issues more directly.
V. Neto: “I wanted to make something that looks like human flesh”
ERNESTO NETO talking about the development of his sculptures leading to the present sculpture/installation which was commissioned for Sharjah Biennial 11: "While culture moves us apart, nature brings us together"