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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber

Co-curated by Claire Tancons, Zoe Butt and Omar Kholeif under the theme Leaving the Echo Chamber, Sharjah Biennial 14 presents three distinct exhibitions. These feature over 80 artists and 60 new commissions including performances taking place on both Persian sea and Indian ocean coasts of the emirate. Linking the curators' platforms are the multiple works that engage and narrate cross-cultural histories that time camouflaged. The winners of this edition's award are Otobong Nkanga and Emeka Ogboh for their collaborative installation work, which can be experienced during the biennial, running through to 10 June 2019. Here's our first impressions.

Hannah Black and Ebba Fransén Waldhör, Suntitled, 2019. Photo: C&

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Otobong Nkanga and Emeka Ogboh

Otobong Nkanga and Emeka Ogboh, Aging Ruins Dreaming Only to Recall the Hard Chisel from the Past, 2019. Multi channel sound installation, sculpture and light installation, poetry. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy the artists. Photo: C&

Otobong Nkanga and Emeka Ogboh, Aging Ruins Dreaming Only to Recall the Hard Chisel from the Past, 2019. Multi channel sound installation, sculpture and light installation, poetry. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artists. Photo: C&

Otobong Nkanga and Emeka Ogboh, Aging Ruins Dreaming Only to Recall the Hard Chisel from the Past, 2019. Multi channel sound installation, sculpture and light installation, poetry. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artists. Photo: C&

Otobong Nkanga and Emeka Ogboh, Aging Ruins Dreaming Only to Recall the Hard Chisel from the Past, 2019. Multi channel sound installation, sculpture and light installation, poetry. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artists. Photo: C&

Otobong Nkanga and Emeka Ogboh, Aging Ruins Dreaming Only to Recall the Hard Chisel from the Past, 2019. Multi channel sound installation, sculpture and light installation, poetry. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artists. Photo: C&

 

Candice Breitz

Candice Breitz, Digest, 2019. Multi channel video installation, wooden shelves, videotape, polypropylene boxes, paper, acrylic paint. 300 units, each 20,3 x 12 x 2,7 cm. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg; Kaufmann Repetto, Milano, and KOW, Berlin. Photo: C&

Candice Breitz, Digest, 2019. Multi channel video installation, wooden shelves, videotape, polypropylene boxes, paper, acrylic paint. 300 units, each 20,3 x 12 x 2,7 cm. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg; Kaufmann Repetto, Milano, and KOW, Berlin. Photo: C&

 

Wael Shawky

Wael Shawky, The Gulf Project Camp, 2019. From „The Gulf Project“. Graphite, ink, oil, mixed media on cotton paper. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: C&

Wael Shawky, The Gulf Project Camp, 2019. From „The Gulf Project“. Graphite, ink, oil, mixed media on cotton paper. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: C&

Wael Shawky, The Gulf Project Camp, 2019. From „The Gulf Project“. Graphite, ink, oil, mixed media on cotton paper. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: C&

 

Neo Muyanga

Neo Muyanga, house of MAKEdba, 2019. Photo: C&

 

Mohamed Bourouissa

Mohamed Bourouissa, Pas le temps pour les regrets (No time for regrets), 2018. High quality video, 3D animation and sound. 13 minutes 37 seconds. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: C&

Mohamed Bourouissa, Blida-Joinville, 2018-2019. Photo: C&.

 

Carlos Martiel

Carlos Martiel, various works, 2019. Mixed media installations and performance. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: C&

Carlos Martiel, various works, 2019. Mixed media installations and performance. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: C&

 

Meschac Gaba

Meschac Gaba, Perruques Architectures Emirats Arabes Uni, 2019. Photo: C&

Meschac Gaba, Perruques Architectures Emirats Arabes Uni, 2019. Photo: C&

 

Tracey Rose

Tracey Rose. Photo: C&

 

Leo Asemota

Leo Asemota, The Intrinsic Tendency of The Ens Sign, 2019. Multimedia installations. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: C&

Leo Asemota, The Intrinsic Tendency of The Ens Sign, 2019. Multimedia installations. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: C&

 

Anawana Haloba

Anawana Haloba, A Dragon King in Sleepy Pride Rock, 2019. Installation: synchronized animations with sound, prints, old televisions, train rail, dried maize cobs. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Norse Kulturråd, Oslo. Photo: C&

Anawana Haloba, A Dragon King in Sleepy Pride Rock, 2019. Installation: synchronized animations with sound, prints, old televisions, train rail, dried maize cobs. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Norse Kulturråd, Oslo. Photo: C&

Anawana Haloba, A Dragon King in Sleepy Pride Rock, 2019. Installation: synchronized animations with sound, prints, old televisions, train rail, dried maize cobs. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Norse Kulturråd, Oslo. Photo: C&

Anawana Haloba, A Dragon King in Sleepy Pride Rock, 2019. Installation: synchronized animations with sound, prints, old televisions, train rail, dried maize cobs. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Norse Kulturråd, Oslo. Photo: C&

Anawana Haloba, A Dragon King in Sleepy Pride Rock, 2019. Installation: synchronized animations with sound, prints, old televisions, train rail, dried maize cobs. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Norse Kulturråd, Oslo. Photo: C&

Anawana Haloba, A Dragon King in Sleepy Pride Rock, 2019. Installation: synchronized animations with sound, prints, old televisions, train rail, dried maize cobs. Dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Norse Kulturråd, Oslo. Photo: C&

 

Lubaina Himid

Lubaina Himid, Act One, No Maps, 1992. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London. Photo: C&.

Lubaina Himid, The Captain and the Mate, 2017-2018. Acrylic on canvas. Adam and Marianna Clayton Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Marianna Clayton Colletion. Photo: C&.

Lubaina Himid, Men in a Jumper Drawer, 2018. Acrylic on wooden drawer. Private collection, London. Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London. Photo: C&.

Lubaina Himid, Various works. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. A.A.Anthony Collection, Adam and Marianna Clayton Collection, and private collection, London. Courtesy of the artist, Hollybush Gardens, London and Adam and Marianna Clayton Colletion. Photo: C&.

Lubaina Himid, Various works. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. A.A.Anthony Collection, Adam and Marianna Clayton Collection, and private collection, London. Courtesy of the artist, Hollybush Gardens, London and Adam and Marianna Clayton Colletion. Photo: C&.

 

Kemang Wa Lehulere

Kemang Wa Lehulere, various works, 2015/2017. Chalk on blackboard, gouache on paper, recto and verso, salvaged school desks, African grey parrot, wood, steel, string, spray paint; digital video: Deimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg. Photo: C&

Kemang Wa Lehulere, various works, 2015/2017. Chalk on blackboard, gouache on paper, recto and verso, salvaged school desks, African grey parrot, wood, steel, string, spray paint; digital video: Deimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg. Photo: C&

Kemang Wa Lehulere, various works, 2015/2017. Chalk on blackboard, gouache on paper, recto and verso, salvaged school desks, African grey parrot, wood, steel, string, spray paint; digital video: Deimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg. Photo: C&

 

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