Abdelkader BenchammaL'horizon des évènements March 4, 2018
Curated by Yasmina Reggad
24 March - 6 May
Abdelkader Benchamma's exhibition at Le Centquatre-Paris goes beyond the limits of drawing to create huge mural drawings that modify and upset our relationship to space as well as our perceptions. Benchamma's drawings draw inspiration from visual scenarios that stem from reflections on space and its physical reality, its limits and its zones of contact with mental space. They operate with diversions, modulating objects to testify of possible malfunctions in our relationship with the other and with things. Shifting of reality, intrusion of the invisible, indeterminate matters undergoing transformation, minuscule catastrophes are all at the heart of Benchamma's work.
Abdelkader BenchammaMelancholia March 4, 2018
Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation, Brussels
Curated by Louma Salamé
15 March - 19 August
Abdelkader Benchamma presents a new composition for the upcoming group exhibition at Villa Empain, which examines the origins of the feeling of melancholia - manifested in both the East and the West since ancient history - which unremittingly reminds us of a lost origin, and instills in us a sense of mourning for a past world. This feeling of melancholy remains at the heart of the problems we are confronted with today because the world we face is an inevitable cause for concern, especially given the irreversible climate change.
Hassan SharifOdradek March 4, 2018
Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
Curated by François Piron and Mats Stjernstedt
Until 6 May
Odradek invited eight artists including Hassan Sharif, Judith Scott, Laura Lamiel, Henri Jacob, Oscar Tuazon, Franz Erhard Walther, Katinka Bock and Nairy Baghramian whose works similarly transgress the fixed dualities between subject and object. The exhibition aims at making links and weaving affinities between the practices of these artists from various backgrounds and generations.
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan SharifFrom Barcelona to Abu Dhabi March 4, 2018
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Curated by Ferran Barenblit and Nasser Abdullah
Until 17 March
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif participate in From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in dialogue with the Emirates. The exhibition, which is part of the Abu Dhabi Festival and held in partnership with Manarat Al Saadiyat, showcases highlights from the MACBA collection in dialogue with artworks by 20 Emirati artists from ADMAF's collection and borrowed from private collectors.
Nargess HashemiGood Morning... Good Night! March 4, 2018
Museo di Palazzo Ducale, Mantova
Curated by Tarlan Rafiee and Peter Assman
10 March - 13 May
Organised by Bread and Salt Project, this exhibition features works by Nargess Hashemi, Parvaneh Etemadi, Farah Ossouli, Rozita Sharafjahan and Golnaz Taheri to highlight how Iranian women positioned and adapted themselves in a society which was rapidly changing post-1979 Islamic Revolution. The works carefully survey elements from history, culture, tradition, environment and urbanisation, both in their homeland and in the west.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANArt Dubai - Global Art Forum March 4, 2018
Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah
Commissioned by Shumon Basar
Wednesday 21 March, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, alongside Yuri Pattison, Ania Soliman and Melissa Gronlund will discuss how artists are engaging with technologies of automation, as well as the ever-increasing automation of the world. What new kinds of aesthetics, experiences and knowledge emerge. From interactive puppetry to robot choreography via the unconscious intent of algorithms, the artists discuss their ideas and work, and the complex concerns facing the current moment.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianIshara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages March 4, 2018
Concrete, Alserkal Avenue
Curated by Karim Sultan
5 March - 1 April
UAE Unlimited, in collaboration with Alserkal Programming presents Ishara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages featuring works by 10 UAE-based artists Amna Al Dabbagh, Cheb Moha, Chndy, Dina Khorchid, Farah Al Qasimi, Flounder Lee, Nasir Nasrallah, Saba Qizilbash, Salem Al Mansoori, and Shaikha Al Ketbi, in addition to visual poetry by guest artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian. The concept of the exhibition is derived from a broad understanding of the meaning and use of language. The curatorial process for the exhibition has been thematically informed by the idea of "lingua franca," which hints at constructed, second or third languages that were used to aid communication between various groups or in situations where communication was difficult.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianIshara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages March 4, 2018
Screening and Discussion
Concrete, Alserkal Avenue
Wednesday 7 March, 7:00 pm
As part of the public programme for Ishara, guest artists Ramin, Rokni and Hesam will be in conversation with exhibition curator Karim Sultan to discuss ideas of communication, language and storytelling. This dialogue will explore the references accumulated by the artists, tracing their influences that relate to the theme of language and sign-making.
The screening will focus on Aakkaandi (2014-15) a 35 minute 17 second long video that depicts a pig-faced tourist-curator clutching a tote bag visit a tailoring shop to get a new dress copied. A doctor and his violently shushing nurse administer everything from injections to dental reconstruction. Improvised with Idrani Sirisena and Edward St, who live and work at the villa that the artists share, these short, simple vignettes are interspersed with the couple's recollection of the Sri Lankan Civil War and the political machinations that stoked the conflict. The work culminates in a collaboratively painted canvas that they steadily layer with Tamil lettering. Several sections of Aakkaandi were filmed by Edward St and many of the images in the film are inspired by the works of exiled Tamil poets, particularly 'The Aakkaandi Bird' by Shanmugam Sivalingan and '21 May 1986' by R Cheran.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianSelections Magazine March 4, 2018
Curriculum Vitae # 44
Ramin Haerizadeh's work graces the cover of Selections Magazine's recent issue, which invited 22 artists to share their Curriculum Vitae in the most artistic way possible and in the manner in which they'd like to present themselves. The trio is featured in the magazine, each artist's submitted Curriculum Vitae below:
Rokni HaerizadehBut a Storm is Blowing from Paradise March 4, 2018
Galleria d'Arte Moderna (GAM), Milan
Curated by Sara Raza, Paola Zatti, Omar Cucciniello
11 April - 17 June
But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa at Galleria d'Arte Moderna (GAM) marks the final exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Featuring works by Lida Abdul, Abbas Akhavan, Kader Attia, Ergin Cavusoglu, Ali Cherri, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rokni Haerizadeh, Susan Hefuna, Iman Issa, Gulsun Karamustafa, Hassan Khan and Ahmed Mater, this exhibition features a diverse range of artistic voices and critical concerns from a rapidly evolving region and its international diaspora. The exhibition offers a cross-circulation of ideas rooted in science, mathematics and philosophy and raises urgent issues of migration and displacement in areas around the world, including Italy. A selection of drawings from Haerizadeh's But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, which lent the exhibition its title will be presented.
Vikram DivechaCo-Lab: contemporary art and savoir-faire March 4, 2018
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Curated by Alia Zaal Lootah
Until 25 March
As part of the French-Emirati Cultural Programme, in collaboration with the Louvre Abu Dhabi, this exhibition is based on the collaboration between four artists living in the UAE and four well-known historical French manufacturers. Responding to the role of railways in the standardisation of time during the Industrial Revolution, Divecha introduces an intervention within the French Railway schedule as part of his collaboration with MTX - Broderie Architecturale. Through Saint-Lazare train station, a train journey from Paris to Rouen is captured by Claude Monet and revisited by Divecha in an attempt to question our perception of time.
Vikram DivechaUntold Stories Retold March 4, 2018
Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi
7 March - 24 June
Warehouse421 restages UAE's participation at two recent national exhibitions from the Venice Biennale's International Art Exhibition (2017) and International Architecture Exhibition (2016). Curated by Hammad Nasar, Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play features works by Vikram Divecha, Nujoom Alghanem, Sara Al Haddad, Lantian Xie and Dr Mohamed Yousif, and explores a strand of artistic practice in the UAE through the analogy of play.
Commissioned by the UAE Pavilion, the Haerizadeh brothers and Hesam Rahmanian fashioned a playground in book form, which is included in the accompanying catalogue and serves both as an additional site of the exhibition and as its speculative expansion featuring works over 40 pages by the artists.
Vikram DivechaBeej, 2017 March 4, 2018
Al Naba'ah, Sharjah
With support from Shurooq and Sharjah Art Foundation, an underground water tank and pump were recently installed in a roundabout in Al Naba'ah residential area to meet the harvest season from February - April and November - January for Vikram's project for Sharjah Biennial 13.
In June 2017, Divecha created a site-specific installation by activating a potential for farming in a roundabout in Al Naba'ah residential area. He invited municipal workforce, who look after Sharjah's landscaping, to bring vegetable and grain seeds of their choice from their family farms in Lahore and Punjab. They sowed these seeds in the roundabout, which now becomes host to span several cycles of sowing and harvesting. Beej calls into question the position of the gardeners' in relation to the land that they cultivate, both in Pakistan and in the UAE. The unregistered seeds highlight the movement, presence and status of those who tend them. Participating gardeners are Sajad Hussain Bughio, Muhammad Saleem Manzoor Ahmed and Muhammad Shabbir Ahmad Din.
HASSAN SHARIF: INTEREXCHANGE SYMPOSIUMJanuary 31, 2018
Gallery 5, Al Mureijah Square
Sharjah Art Foundation
Wednesday, 31 January
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Coinciding with the major retrospective Hassan Sharif: I am the Single Work Artist, Sharjah Art Foundation is organising Hassan Sharif: Interexchange Symposium, which will host a group of critics and artists to explore Sharif's five-decade career.
The exhibition runs until Saturday, 3 February
ART GENEVE 2018January 15, 2018
1 - 4 February
Preview: 31 January
We are pleased to participate in Art Genéve with works by German-Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian and Hassan Sharif. The booth highlights Sharif and Redjaian's critical approach of using the grid as a measurement tool and foundation for their compositions, allowing for chance and repetition.
Hassan Sharif : Semi SystemsAlexander Gray Associates January 4, 2018
Exhibition Dates: 4 January - 10 February, 2018
Alexander Gray Associates presents Hassan Sharif: Semi Systems, the Gallery's fourth exhibition of work by the artist (b.1951, Iran - d.2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates). Focused on Sharif's use of the grid, geometry, and repetitive gesture, the exhibition includes work in a variety of media made as early as 1982 until his death in 2016.
The Materials Man of the EmiratesHASSAN SHARIF December 28, 2017
The Emirati artist Hassan Sharif (1951-2016), who has a sensational retrospective at the Sharjah Art Foundation here on the edge of the Persian Gulf, was a born contrarian. Working in a range of seemingly unrelated media and styles, he made art that belongs to no locatable culture, or maybe to several. Dodging definitions, he referred to himself, half-jokingly, as a nomad, though he didn't live like one. Apart from a few youthful years in England, he spent his entire life in the Gulf region, where he is revered today as a pioneer.
Extract from The New York Times, click here to read the full article
ABU DHABI ART 2017November 8, 2017
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Focus: Beyond Territory
8 - 11 November
Preview: 7 November
We are pleased to participate in Abu Dhabi Art with works on paper, paintings and objects by Hassan Sharif in Focus: Beyond Territory, the newly-added solo section curated by Omar Kholeif. Additionally, a large-scale work by Vikram Divecha will be featured in the main atrium of Manarat Al Saadiyat, alongside works by Mohammed Kazem from the Kisses series in Gateway, curated by Maya Allison.
ROKNI HAERIZADEHROKNI HAERIZADEH WINS THE OGR AWARD November 6, 2017
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde congratulates Rokni Haerizadeh for winning the OGR Award for his on going Fictionville series. The works were chosen for their engaging images that find overtones in the contemporary world. The artist extends the boundaries of painting to transform news, photographs and images of current events into mythological visions that reveal a corrupt circus of humanised beasts and other unreal creatures, all inserted in a fantasy landscape. Haerizadeh sees art in everyday life, without drawing boundaries between the two worlds. The international jury composed of Fawz Kabra, New York-based independent curator, Abaseh Mirvali, independent curator of contemporary art and architecture based between Mexico City and Berlin, and Nicola Ricciardi, artistic director of OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Torino, chose Haerizadeh's works from 206 galleries participating at Artissima. The exceptional approach taken by the OGR Award makes collaborations with the winning artist possible; to further explore enlightening and immersive artistic practices.
HASSAN SHARIFHassan Sharif: I am the Single Work Artist November 4, 2017
Sharjah Art Foundation
Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi
4 November 2017 - 3 February 2018
In the making for several years, this landmark retrospective will include Hassan Sharif's diverse body of work from the early 1970s to 2016. On view in Al Mureijah Square and Bait Al Serkal, Arts Square, the exhibition will encompass Sharif's early newspaper caricature and comic strip drawings, Semi-System works, performances, paintings and 'urban archeology' objects.
ARTISSIMA 2017November 3, 2017
Oval Lingotto Fiere, Turin
Booth DS 05
3 - 5 November
Preview: 2 November
We are pleased to participate in Artissima in the newly-added Disegni section with works by Dubai-based Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh from his celebrated Fictionville series. The booth will explore the visual narrative of these works, where the artist isolates still and moving images from news media and transforms them with expressive painterly gestures into scenes of grotesque fantasy and ribald humour.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANThe Maids October 28, 2017
MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
28 October 2017 - 8 January 2018
Recipients of the second edition of Han Nefkens/MACBA prize, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian present a collaborative exhibition at Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona. The Maids is a multi-part exhibition created in response to the city of Barcelona, and the result of a two-year process the artists call "an assembling of a collective body." As artists, collaboration is central to their practice. Their goal is to create more equitable forms of artistic exchange by inviting different makers to contribute freely and independently to ongoing works in progress.
For their MACBA project, the artists sought out Joan Baixas, the famed Catalan puppet artist and stage director whose work they have long admired. They also extended invitations to artist Niyaz Azadikhah, who has been leading community-based women's sewing workshops in Tehran; John Cole, a robotics engineer who specialises in sensors; and an international group of writers, including Mandana Mohit and Sohrab Mahdavi.
HASSAN SHARIFWays of Seeing September 22, 2017
Villa Empain | Boghossian Foundation, Brussels
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath
22 September 2017 - 18 February 2018
Taking its cue from John Berger's 1972 groundbreaking text on visual culture, the eponymous exhibition explores the various formalistic strategies that artists employ to re-configure our perception of the world. After its debut at ARTER, Istanbul, Ways of Seeing is on view at Villa Empain in Brussels and brings together works by 33 artists including Hassan Sharif's playful work Slippers (2016). The exhibition invites the viewer to investigate the manifold ways by which artists accord forms and concepts that are otherwise familiar with renewed appearances and meanings. Each of the artworks on display beckons us to take a second look, upon which the contours of a new reality begin to emerge.
MOHAMMED KAZEMHajj: Memories of a Journey August 30, 2017
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Until 19 March 2018
Mohammed Kazem presents works from his ongoing Space and Direction series in Hajj: Memories of a Journey that documents the legacy of the arduous and challenging routes that pilgrims travelled across continents, through the show's largest section dedicated to Journeys. Organised by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre in collaboration with TCA Abu Dhabi, this exhibition coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Grand Mosque's opening.
MOHAMMED KAZEMJerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds) August 1, 2017
The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit
Curated by Reem Fadda, Fawz Kabra and Yara Abbas
Until 15 December
Mohammed Kazem participates in Jerusalem Lives, a group exhibition that attempts to study and examine the city of Jerusalem as a case study, a microcosm or condensed laboratory that metaphorically represents globalisation and its failures, and to find answers that inspire us to struggle for a better future.
FRIEZE NEW YORK 2017May 5, 2017
Focus, Booth D11
Randall's Island Park
5 - 7 May
Preview: 4 May
We are pleased to return to the sixth edition of Frieze New York with works by Emirati artist Hassan Sharif and Berlin-based Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian. The booth highlights the artists' critical approach of using the grid as a measurement tool and foundation for their composition, allowing for chance and repetition. Both Sharif and Redjaian's works are presented within a more formally and visually similar framework to investigate how this philosophy translates into their three-dimensional objects, hand-woven carpets and works on paper.
HASSAN SHARIFExpérimentations April 6, 2017
La Patinoire Royale, Brussels
Curated by Hervé Mikaeloff
Until 27 May
This exhibition renders an overview of Hassan Sharif's eclectic practice, from his early cartoons and performances to his recent paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations. The works included in the show continue his career-long investigation on where art can be found, what art is for, what our expectations are of it and how those limits can be usurped. "When I met Hassan in Dubai in 2014 and 2016, I discovered a few sketches of unrealised monumental sculptures that he later wanted to create for his exhibition at La Patinoire Royale. The scale of these Objects further reflects on Sharif's ideas of redundancy and uselessness," notes curator Hervé Mikaeloff.
ART DUBAI 2017March 15, 2017
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
15 - 18 March
We are pleased to participate in the 11th edition of Art Dubai with works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem, Abdelkader Benchamma, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.
HASSAN SHARIF57th Venice Biennale February 13, 2017
Viva Arte Viva
International Art Exhibition
13 May - 26 November 2017
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde is proud to announce the inclusion of Hassan Sharif in the International Art Exhibition Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel for the 57th Venice Biennale.
Hassan Sharif is represented by Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, and gb agency, Paris.
ABDELKADER BENCHAMMAArtist in Residence February 12, 2017
Beirut Art Residency
Until 28 February
Abdelkader Benchamma will be in residence at the Beirut Art Residency, a live-work space for artists/collectives looking to develop projects in a stimulating environment. The goal of the program is to facilitate collaboration between international as well as local artists. During their time, residents are encouraged to diverge from their usual practice and experiment with new ideas with the comfort of knowing that they are not expected to produce finished work at the culminating Open Studio event.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFTHE CREATIVE ACT: PERFORMANCE, PROCESS, PRESENCE February 12, 2017
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Curated by Valerie Hillings, Sasha Kalter-Wasserman, Sarah Dwider and Maisa Al Qassimi
Beginning 8 March
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection's second exhibition brings together artists of different nationalities and generations who have emphasised performance, process, and human presence in their practice, offering a transcultural perspective on these defining aspects of contemporary art. Among several early performances by Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem's Directions 2002, the exhibition will feature more than 25 works in a variety of media - installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video and works on paper, representing more than 18 artists.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFBut We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Underground, 1988 - 2008 February 12, 2017
NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
Curated by Maya Allison and Bana Kattan
2 March - 25 May
Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem participate in But We Cannot See Them, an exhibition that surveys one of the most important artistic communities in the UAE's history with works by Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Abdullah Al Saadi, Hussein Sharif, Vivek Vilasini, Jos Clevers and Ebtisam Abdulaziz. Community has played a key role in every modern art historical breakthrough, with artists banding together around manifestos, or turning to one another for support when art institutions rejected their innovations. Art communities grow out of critical and creative exchange among peers and mentors. This exhibition focuses on one community of artists, sometimes called "the five", at an intersection of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers based in the UAE. Its members identified with a "new culture" of encouraging radical, formal and conceptual experimentation. Eventually, some of these artists founded the celebrated Flying House.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFIs Old Gold? February 12, 2017
DUCTAC, The Gallery of Light, Dubai
Curated by Cristiana de Marchi and Muhannad Ali
21 February - 7 April
Predicated on curious desire to locate the spirit of experimentation that was present in the genesis of UAE avant-garde contemporary art practice, Is Old Gold? indirectly questions if, how and why this narrative has been aborted, lost or evolved and if it can or should be recovered in the current context. In a comparative experiment that takes the form of a fictional narrative, two artists from the contemporary 'younger' generation of Emirati artists were assigned to work separately on a 'character' from the '5 UAE'. The experimental, productive structure of the exhibition reflects on the atelier atmosphere of innovative exchange initiated by Hassan Sharif and transmuted and sustained by four of his students - Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Mohammed Kazem, Abdullah Al Saadi and Hussain Sharif.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANThe Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence February 12, 2017
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Curated by Valerie Hillings, Sasha Kalter-Wasserman, Sarah Dwider and Maisa Al Qassimi
Beginning 8 March
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has commissioned Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian to create an immersive and interactive installation for the second exhibition of works from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection. Entitled Another Happy Day (2016-17), the installation emphasises the resonance of the past in the present and the power of representation across time by charting a historical continuum from the 1930s to today. The multi-room installation will feature site-specific paintings, videos, and artworks by artists including Nargess Hashemi and Laleh Khorramian and from the artists' art collection. It will take visitors on a journey through distinctive yet interconnected episodes or acts that offer reflections on the nature of art and how we represent ourselves and the world in which we live through words, images, gestures, and movement.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANSpeak, Lokal February 12, 2017
Curated by Daniel Baumann
4 March - 7 May
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian participate in Speak, Lokal, a group exhibition that focuses on how artists worldwide investigate and broach local conditions. All sorts of artistic practices come into play, from activism to "archivism", from photography to graphic novels, from documentaries to performances and research based communal efforts. Paradoxically, the restricted and highly connoted territory of the Local is perceived as a place of autonomy and liberation, a space where precision is possible and needed to uncover discrepancies and make a difference. If Speak, Lokal is foremost an optimistic proposition, it does not gloss over the ambiguity of the Local as it neighbours on the dangerous territories of nationalism, provincialism, and commercialism - a trend typified in the well-known slogan "Buy Local!" Perhaps, after all, the Local is just a fiction (or a phantasy) - albeit a powerful one. The trio will premiere their new rotoscope animation From Sea to Dawn, which sees them print almost 3000 stills from news footage, paint on each of the printed images, photograph the results and stitch them together to form the 6 minute 21 second video.
ROKNI HAERIZADEHRebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians February 12, 2017
Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Curated by Fereshteh Daftari
Until 4 June
Rokni Haerizadeh participates in Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, which looks at the use of power, humour, mysticism, and poetry in contemporary Iranian art to both openly and subversively critique subjects such as gender, politics, war, religion, and spirituality. Whether in Iran or in the diaspora, the artists' narratives have been informed by conditions triggered by the 1979 Revolution and by the pressures in the larger world. While some of the works in the exhibition reflect the socio-political tensions of the past 25 years, others transcend them to create all-embracing spaces free of strife.
VIKRAM DIVECHA AND ABDELKADER BENCHAMMASharjah Biennial 13 February 12, 2017
Curated by Christine Tohme
10 March - 12 June
We are pleased to announce Vikram Divecha and Abdelkader Benchamma's participation in Sharjah Biennial 13, which unfolds in five parts from October 2016 through October 2017. Tamawuj, a noun in Arabic which is defined as a rising and falling in waves, but also a flowing, swelling, surging, fluctuation or a wavy undulating appearance outline or form, is reflective of SB13's aims to cultivate collaborations, infrastructures and strategies within Sharjah and the project localities. Divecha and Benchamma will create site-specific commissions for the Biennial, which poses questions around, and proposes answers to the conditions for the possibility of an art world.
VIKRAM DIVECHARock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play January 18, 2017
National Pavilion United Arab Emirates
57th Venice Biennale
Curated by Hammad Nasar
13 May - 26 November
The National Pavilion of United Arab Emirates at the 57th Venice Biennale presents works by five diverse artists including Vikram Divecha, Nujoom Alghanem, Lantian Xie, Sara Al Haddad and Mohamed Yousif. The exhibition will explore a strand of artistic practice in the UAE through the analogy of play. Featuring existing works, re-fabrication of 'lost' works and new commissions, the exhibition will stage a set of nested questions: Where does 'playfulness' in artistic practice come from? How and where is 'play' nurtured? What does 'play' do?
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANRock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play January 18, 2017
National Pavilion United Arab Emirates
57th Venice Biennale
Curated by Hammad Nasar
13 May - 26 November
While the exhibition explores notions of 'playfulness' in artistic practice, the role of 'play' and how it is nurtured, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian will respond to this theme in the accompanying publication by overhauling a significant section of its pages. The book becomes an additional site of the exhibition and speculatively, its expansion. Through the hand of the three artists, a book is no more a book, relinquishing its original purpose to the conquering folds of a new work, which in turn spins a complex web of alternative images. The intervention will be at the fulcrum of their unique collaborative practice: characters fusing into one another, one artist may execute the ideas articulated by the others, the three often blurring together becoming composite.
MOHAMMED KAZEMResiduals and the Anthology of Narcissism January 2, 2017
Mandalay Hall, Kochi
Curated by Mo Reda
Unil 25 March
Mohammed Kazem's Pepper House residency culminated in a group exhibition Residuals and the Anthology of Narcissism, where he presents new works from his Direction series alongside works by Emirati artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim. Running in parallel with the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the exhibition is supported by the Kochi Biennale Foundation and Maraya Art Centre, and is part of the Trans-Indian Ocean Artist Exchange that aims to facilitate and stimulate artistic exchange between the different regions of the Trans-Indian Ocean.
MOHAMMED KAZEMHonolulu Biennial Foundation Residency January 2, 2017
Shangri La Centre for Islamic Arts and Cultures, Honolulu
9 - 22 January
We are pleased to announce Mohammed Kazem's residency at Shangri La Centre for Islamic Arts and Cultures, as part of the inaugural Honolulu Biennial. At the end of the residency, Kazem will preview his work during the museum's Night Shift programme - an event that is part of Shangri La's on going experimental #OpenShangriLa series. Built in 1937, Shangri La supports several artists and scholar residencies each year. Previous residencies include visual artists Shahzia Sikander, Walid Raad and Afruz Amighi, among others.
VIKRAM DIVECHASweeping January 1, 2017
March Project 2016
Sharjah Art Foundation
Until 19 February
Vikram Divecha participates in the third edition of March Project 2016 exhibition, which features site-specific works developed by five artists during an educational residency programme. Divecha presents a new body of work, entitled Sweeping (2016) where he remaps the routes of five sweepers to converge towards the Sharjah Art Museum building. Every day a team of sweepers clean the streets of Al Shuwaihean neighbourhood that surrounds the museum building. Each sweeper is assigned a specific route, which they silently map while collecting the refuse in green trash bags and depositing them on the sidewalk to create a temporary public sculpture in sight of the museum building. The work disorders the waste management process and frames an encounter between the quotidian neighbourhood and the public institution that sits within it, enacted by the sweepers' routines and the detritus they sweep.
VIKRAM DIVECHABinary States, India - UAE January 1, 2017
Until 29 March
As part of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the satellite exhibition Binary States, India - UAE explores the bilateral relations between India and UAE across multiple disciplines, where Vikram Divecha presents Veedu (Malayalam for house), a film highlighting aspects of the strong community from Kerala living and working in the UAE. Building a house in their native city holds a lot of importance for these expats. These houses take many shapes, and are at times influenced by architecture from the Gulf. The remittances that are directed towards these houses take many forms - from aesthetics to arab-ness, from longing to pride. Following the design process of two house plans, this film will be shaped by exchanges between UAE-based clients and a Kerala-based architectural firm. Besides highlighting Emirati-Indian ties through various media and topics, the exhibition also celebrates the overlapping elements in Emirati-Indian cultures, which date back to decades of social, urban, and economic ties.
AISHA KHALIDTwo Worlds As One December 1, 2016
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Until 19 February 2017
Aisha Khalid presents a solo show Two Worlds as One at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. Inspired by Islamic mysticism, known as Sufism, Khalid focuses on issues such as women's roles, identity, power structures and Western preconceptions about her native Pakistan through detailed, poetic miniature patterns and sensuous works made out of textiles and embroidery. In this exhibition, she examines how familiar elements associated with safety, home and domesticity can be transformed in her imagery, taking on new - and very different - meanings.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANSocial Calligraphies December 1, 2016
Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Curated by Magda Kardasz, in cooperation with Magdalena Komornicka
Until 31 January 2017
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian's participate in Social Calligraphies, a group exhibition featuring works by artists from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. The exhibition looks at history, culture, or the political, social, and economic problems of the artists' home countries from a distance, and presenting them in a broader framework. The theme of the show touches upon issues of identity, aesthetics of disappearance, war and culture, the archeology of future (set between the realm of local legends and science fiction), geometry and architecture, the position of women (in between tradition and global dreams), and the role of the artist. The Haerizadeh brothers and Rahmanian present a video animation Big Rock Candy Mountain (2015) and a film Chai-e Iran (2013).
ZOULIKHA BOUABDELLAHInverted December 1, 2016
Centro Atlàntico de Arte Moderno - CAAM, Las Palmas
Curated by Katrin Steffen
Until 8 January 2017
Zoulikha Bouabdellah presents more than 30 works featuring drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, video and performance for her solo exhibition at CAAM. This exhibition marks Bouabdellah's largest solo in Europe, and traces her multidisciplinary practice echoing a profound historical and political significance, deeply rooted in formal and conceptual subtleties. The challenge of gender roles, social norms and taboos and of their influence on identity formation is a central theme in Bouabdellah's artistic creation. With a fine sense of subversive humour, she stands up against projections, stereotypes and clichés. Bouabdellah actively references European art history in order to focus on concepts of femininity and to provide re-interpretations.
ARTISSIMA 2016November 4, 2016
Booth Black 12
Oval, Lingotto Fiere, Turin
Preview and Vernissage: 3 November
4 - 6 November
As a continuation of Involved in Nonsense - a solo presentation dedicated to Hassan Sharif's early practice in Back to the Future at Artissima in 2015 - this year we are pleased to present the artist's recent Objects, which he started creating in the 1980s.
Always questioning the functional and the useless, the found and the created, Sharif transformed consumer products and waste into complex assemblages and weavings. In his Objects, he raised concerns about consumerism and social order, the human body and the physical evidence of our times. According to the artist, his Objects are the vernacular aesthetics of everything that is 'useless, meaningless and artificial' and illustrate an important truth about the world we live in. Weaving them together with rope, coil and twine, the heaps and bundles that he created became a visualisation of the surplus of mass-production - the commonly unseen by product of the UAE's globalised, consumerist society that developed since the country's formation.
AISHA KHALIDTwo Worlds as One October 7, 2016
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
7 October - 19 February 2017
We are pleased to announce Aisha Khalid's solo show Two Worlds as One at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. Inspired by Islamic mysticism, known as Sufism, Khalid focuses on issues such as women's roles, identity, power structures and Western preconceptions about her native Pakistan through detailed, poetic miniature patterns and sensuous works made out of textiles and embroidery. In this exhibition, she examines how familiar elements associated with safety, home and domesticity can be transformed in her imagery, taking on new - and very different - meanings.
MOHAMMED KAZEMArtist in Residence October 6, 2016
Pepper House, Kochi
Curated by Mo Reda
9 October - 6 November
In collaboration with Maraya Art Centre, the Kochi Biennale Foundation has invited Mohammed Kazem for a one-month residency, which will culminate in an exhibition at the Mandalay Hall during the Kochi-Muziris Biennale this December.
The Pepper House Residency programme is an international residency opportunity for artists from all disciplines to work and collaborate within a studio space situated at the Pepper House, Fort Kochi. The space of the Pepper House Residency consists of extensive studio facilities (for production), the Laboratory of Visual Arts library (for research), and the Pepper House cafe (for dialogue). The residency is structured on the idea of a three-dimensional approach to creativity in which the idea of artistic practice is supported by its two necessary extensions - public interaction and inquiry.
ZOULIKHA BOUABDELLAHInverted October 6, 2016
Centro Atlàntico de Arte Moderno - CAAM, Las Palmas
Curated by Katrin Steffen
27 October - 8 January 2017
Zoulikha Bouabdellah presents more than 30 works featuring drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, video and performance for her solo exhibition at CAAM. This exhibition marks Bouabdellah's largest solo in Europe, and traces her multidisciplinary practice that has a profound historical and political significance, deeply rooted in formal and conceptual subtleties.
Vikram DivechaSeptember 28, 2016
We are very pleased to announce that Vikram Divecha has joined the gallery's roster of artists.
Vikram Divecha (born 1977, Beirut) is a Mumbai-raised artist based in the UAE. He has developed a research-based, pedestrian practice in Dubai, where he is constantly negotiating for existing space, material and labour, to work with what he terms 'found processes' - forces and capacities that prevail in a society. Divecha works with urban processes and systems within state, social and industrial spheres and situates his practice in these operations to examine, intervene and extract the various layers of a given situation. In doing so, he withdraws himself from the final result to let the 'found processes' take over the works, which are not necessarily for the hermetic world of white cubes, but out in the streets and populated places. After introducing a set of parameters, Divecha engages in slow processes that would then evolve in an autonomous manner. Through his engagement with members of the community such as municipal gardeners, rock-blasting engineers, street sweepers and other diverse faculties, he creates idiosyncratic situations that translate into public art, permanent fixtures, sculptural installations and video works.
Hassan Sharif | 1951 - 2016September 19, 2016
We remember the life and artistic legacy of Hassan Sharif who passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at the age of 65 years old.
Sharif's exact date of birth is unknown, nor did it really matter to him. He didn't put stock in conventions of age, identity or the need for comfort. Only art and the restless making of art grasped his attention. He was a prolific cultural producer and facilitator, moving between roles as artist, educator, critic, activist, and mentor.
His career as an artist began in Dubai and Sharjah in the 1970s, working as a satirical caricaturist, highlighting a rapidly changing United Arab Emirates at the dawn of its formation. In 1979, Sharif is awarded a scholarship to the United Kingdom where he studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and returned five years later to the UAE, with the goal of establishing an art practice and building an audience for contemporary art in the Gulf region. The young country was an unlikely setting for an artist with a taste for provocation but his work found exactly the resistance that stimulated him. With determination, Sharif began a life-long pursuit to expand the definitions of art and the role of artists.
For his earliest experimental work of the 1980s, Sharif brought friends to the edges of Dubai and they were the audience for his performances - jumping in the desert, tying rope between rocks - using apparently simple gestures to pointedly question ideals of technical skill, mastery, and accomplishment. Always questioning the functional and the useless, the found and the created, he transformed consumer products and waste into complex assemblages and weavings in his ongoing series "Objects". In these works, Sharif raised concerns about consumerism and social order, the human body and the physical evidence of our times. He was fascinated by the errors and flaws that arise in rigid systems, utilizing them in his large body of "Semi-system" drawings. Across his diverse work, he believed that flaws in such systems are ultimately creative ruptures.
Internationally recognized as a pioneer of conceptual art and experimental practice in the Middle East, Sharif served as a colleague and mentor to generations of Emirati artists. He believed that art was not only practice to be expanded and shared, but also a catalyst for community. In the early 1980's, he founded the Al Marijah Art Atelier in Sharjah, and was a founding member of the Emirates Fine Art Society and of the Art Atelier in the Youth Theater and Arts, Dubai. In 2005, he was one of four artists to establish The Flying House, a Dubai art space dedicated to promoting contemporary Emirati artists. The first Emirati to have his work shown in the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, Sharif was also among the selected artists to represent the U.A.E. during its first national pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2009. Sharif's artwork is included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; the Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, U.A.E.; the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, U.A.E.; the Sittard Center, The Netherlands; and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., and Guggenheim, New York, U.S.A.
Hassan Sharif will be remembered for his gentle and generous spirit and his playful attitude. The legacy of his artistic journey will inspire artists and audiences, having left an indelible mark on Middle Eastern art history and the global art world.
Abdelkader BenchammaThe Great Invisible Battle September 9, 2016
Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona
9 September - 6 November
We are pleased to announce Abdelkader Benchamma's solo exhibition The Great Invisible Battle at the Sala Project, where he directly intervenes with the walls to create a large scale installation in which he also incorporates some of his earlier drawings on paper. Benchamma takes the 1942 photograph and short film The Los Angeles Battle as the departure point for this exhibition and highlights the impossibility of an objective interpretation of an iconic event.
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan SharifYinchuan Biennale September 8, 2016
For an Image, Faster Than Light
Curated by Bose Krishnamachari
9 September - 18 December
We are pleased to announce Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem's participation in the inaugural edition of Yinchuan Biennale, which will witness more than 80 international artists representing all facets of the global spectrum and from all parts (east-west, north-south) working on contemporary issues that the world has to contend with. The exhibition will be held on the premises of MOCA Yinchuan and will include an engaging display of artworks both inside and outside the museum.
Following a 2-week long artist residency at the MOCA Yinchuan, Kazem will create two site-specific installtions, entitled Directions (Standing on Water) and Directions Yinchuan.
Vikram DivechaPortrait Sessions September 7, 2016
7 September - 13 October
During the year-long Critical Practice Programme 2015-16 at Tashkeel, Vikram Divecha closely collaborated with Debra Levine to present a project that questions positions of value through the context of time and money. Portrait Sessions invites a spectrum of self-identified 'non-professional painters' to become 'the artist' and to paint Divecha's portrait. The duration of each portrait session is determined by how much time AED 150 can buy according to each 'artist's' professional rate. Providing participants with a 65 x 50 cm primed canvas paper, acrylic paints and brushes, Divecha will be the only model during the sessions until the end of the exhibition on 13 October.
Haleh Redjaianin sequence September 2, 2016
Magazin4 - Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz
Curated by Wolfgang Fetz and Jörg van den Berg
2 September - 20 November
German-Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian's solo at Bregenzer Kunstverein looks at the line and its subsequent multiplication by inviting the viewers to engage with its supposed regularity and then losing themselves in its underlying faults. By taking the line as a departure point in her works on paper, handwoven rugs and installations, Redjaian creates ornate, gridded patterns that suggest a rational tangibility of the world. Her work undermines any logical explanation and opens up to poetical interpretation.
Abdelkader BenchammaAnother world (((in our world))) June 12, 2016
2 June - 16 July
Galerie du jour, Paris
Another world (((in our world))) is a comprehensive exploration of fields of learning on the frontiers of science, tradition, science fiction, the fantastic and, in fine, the real. It reactivates a quest for wisdom aiming to transcend the apparent contradiction between materialism and spiritualism, positing an ontology of the mystery based on an interdisciplinary approach at the crossroads of art and technology, transhumanism and shamanism, alchemy and nanotechnology, esotericism and quantum physics, the demonstrable and the imaginary. Focusing on the notion of fantastic realism, as laid out by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier in Le matin des magiciens (The Morning of the Magicians, 1960) and Planète (Planet), the book's spinoff periodical, Another world (((in our world))) seeks to revitalize the concept and bring it to new audiences in a hybrid event-part-group exhibition, part-colloquium, part-laboratory for epistemological experimentation.
Zoulikha BouabdellahLoop Art Fair, Barcelona June 2, 2016
2 – 4 June
Zoulikha Bouabdellah participates in Loop Art Fair in Barcelona and presents Envers/Endroit (Obverse/Reverse), which consists of an overlay, in the same plane, of scenes inspired by paintings that made a mark on Art History: Olympia by Edouard Manet, 1863, Gabrielle d'Estrées and One of her Sisters by an unknown artist from the School of Fontainebleau, 1594, and The Three Graces by Raphael, 1505. This juxtaposition of details from different paintings creates a visual dynamic in which feet meet a hand, sponging a leg, that itself seems to caress the cheek of a sleeping woman.
Mohammed KazemArtist in Residence May 12, 2016
Seoul Art Space, Geumcheon
12 May - 23 June
Mohammed Kazem will take part in a six-week residency at Seoul Art Space in collaboration with Maraya Art Centre, during which Kazem will also participate in Geumcheon's Open Studios exhibitions.
Seoul Art Space is a creative space dedicated to visual art, remodeled in October 2009 from an old print works located in Doksan-dong. It provides the local community with an opportunity to enjoy culture through its various programmes. 130 visual artists (or teams) from 24 countries have moved in since it opened. Its programme includes exhibitions, workshops shared with with students and residents, and open studios. Maraya Art Centre's residency programme is designed to support emerging and mid-career contemporary UAE artists and designers. Working with institutions internationally, Maraya sends UAE-based artists overseas and hosts up to three residents per year.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianLiverpool Biennial 2016 May 8, 2016
9 July - 16 October 2016
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian have been commissioned to create a series of installations, performances and sculptures for Liverpool Biennial 2016. This will be realised through a wide range of media permeating throughout the city, with artwork revolving around the question "What if?", creating new narratives as audiences explore Liverpool Biennial. At Cains Brewery, they will create work on-site, using 'smuggled' objects shipped from Dubai to Liverpool by container.
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam RahmanianFrieze New York | Covered the Fingernails in Petals of Dahlia May 5, 2016
Focus, Booth A16
Randall's Island Park, New York
5 - 8 May
We are pleased to announce our participation in Frieze New York with Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, where the conquering folds of a new work imagined by the Iranian artist trio have transformed the New York Times-published Obama: The Historic Journey (2009) into a tale of our times. An onslaught of tropes sprung from globalized corporate visual culture, collaged onto the individually traced pages of the original book, cast a silhouetted Obama as the ultimate business manager. Strategies of concealing and revealing unfold across these pages, as the original images peer out from behind the masking of collaged imagery. The 27 drawings are excerpted moments from the wider sequence, freeze-framed and contemplated-a glimpse of the curtain being lifted on a largely unfathomable collaborative creation that ultimately seems to be the product of a sole hand.
Zoulikha BouabdellahObjets de desir May 4, 2016
Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid
Until 3 June
We are pleased to announce Zoulikha Bouabdellah's third solo show at Sabrina Amrani gallery. In Objets de désir, Bouabdellah explores the space between the desire to possess and the object of desire itself. The object of desire does not exist in itself, but is its inaccessibility that gives value to it. The aura vanishes in the moment the object of desire is accessed, the platonic love is metabolised into a body, the fetish is emptied of meaning.
Mohammed KazemHonolulu Biennial April 24, 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Curated by Fumio Nanjo
We are pleased to announce Mohammed Kazem's participation in the inaugural Honolulu Biennial, which will be curated by Mori Art Museum's Fumio Nanjo and opens in Spring 2017.
The Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) supports the local arts infrastructure with a global outreach and launches the Honolulu Biennial next year, which marks Hawaii's first entry into the international biennial circuit. The first edition of the Honolulu Biennial will focus on art from the Pacific, the Asian continent and the Americas. Throughout the year, HBF serves the local community by presenting educational outreach programs with an emphasis on programming for Hawaii's youth, focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), as well as exhibitions for the local arts community.
Hassan Sharif, Haleh Redjaian and Rokni HaerizadehART BRUSSELS April 22, 2016
22 - 24 April
Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium
Prime Booth B50
We are pleased to announce our participation in Art Brussels with a prime booth featuring works by Emirati artist Hassan Sharif and German-Iranian artist Haleh Redjaian, where a formal comparison will be drawn between the 3D weaving techniques and works on paper by both artists. The booth will be an investigation of Sharif and Redjaian's critical approach of using the grid as a measurement tool and foundation for their composition, allowing for chance and repetition.
Solo Booth B50-S
The solo booth will centre on a video animation Letter! (2014) by Iranian artist Rokni Haerizadeh, which uses footage from a Femen protest, and shows how the protest is turned into its own hysterical, violent and performative spectacle once the gaze of the media is present. Haerizadeh refers to his videos as 'moving paintings' to emphasise the pulse of the video. He purposely doesn't refer to them as animations as he's not tracing a movement between frames, instead, each movement is enacted in these individual hand-painted frames to create an erratic pulse, and also merges thousand of individual paintings into one durational piece.
Hassan SharifEmbodying | Published by Sharjah Art Foundation April 21, 2016
Hassan Sharif and Cristiana de Marchi's book Embodying, reflects on Sharif's early performances, each corresponding to 29 poems by de Marchi, where she is narrating and animating, almost bringing these documented performances back to life. In the early 1980s and 1990s, Sharif carried out a series of performances without an audience and had them photographed in colour or black and white by close friends or other artists. This documentation of the artist's movements shows how pointless and meaningless these actions and mundane activities appear to be when taken out of context.
ROKNI HAERIZADEH AND MOHAMMED KAZEMBut a Storm is Blowing from Paradise April 21, 2016
Guggenheim, New York, USA
Curated by Sara Raza
29 April - 5 October
But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise is the third exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and borrows its title from the 24 recently-acquired drawings by Haerizadeh. The exhibition illuminates contemporary artistic practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region's diaspora by presenting a selection of newly acquired works for the Guggenheim's permanent collection. Kazem will participate with a large scroll work, entitled Scratches on Paper, which was also part of the 12th Sharjah Biennial. Following its presentation in New York, the exhibition will travel to Istanbul's Pera Museum in 2017.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFPortrait of a Nation April 11, 2016
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
11 April - 10 May
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif participate in Portrait of a Nation, a group exhibition celebrating the 20 years of Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and featuring works by 50 Emirati artists. Divided in seven different thematic areas, the works explore topics of Nation and Unity, Geography and Nature, Architecture and Urbanism, Portraiture and Identity, Religion and Spirituality, Language and Calligraphy, and Tradition and Heritage. The exhibition captures the ever-changing face of the visual arts in the United Arab Emirates through a work from Sharif's Objects, which are sculptural assemblages constructed from mass-produced materials and created via random and arbitrary rules, and Kazem's performative work Photographs with a Flag, in which the artist stands next to small flags that neither represent countries, corporations or institutions, but are merely pieces of cloth in different colours, set into a space of ground in Dubai's Al Mamzar area.
Hassan SharifAlexander Gray Associates, New York, USA April 7, 2016
7 April - 14 May 2016
Hassan Sharif presents a solo show at New York's Alexander Gray Associates, featuring sculptures and woven assemblages. Recognised as a pioneer of conceptual art and experimental practices in the United Arab Emirates over the past four decades, Sharif has transgressed traditional frameworks for art making by extending his practice to performance, installation, drawing, painting, and assemblage that integrates ordinary objects as the primary medium. The tapestry-like works in this exhibition are conceptually linked by their relationship with the human body and social structures.
Art Basel Hong Kong 2016March 24, 2016
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
24 - 26 March
We are pleased to announce our participation in Art Basel Hong Kong with a collaborative booth by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, where the trio will continue a theatrical approach to exhibition making by presenting an accumulation of collages, watercolours, paintings and assemblages produced collectively and individually. The booth conveys as much insight into their practice - the ritual of living and working together - as it is a playful affront to the romantic notion of the solitary, singular artist, and his work.
ART DUBAI 2016March 16, 2016
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
16 - 19 March
We are pleased to participate in the 10th edition of Art Dubai with works by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, Hassan Sharif, Haleh Redjaian, Mohammed Kazem and Xu Qu.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANHer Majesty? March 15, 2016
Published by Edition Patrick Frey
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian's Her Majesty? is a limited edition facsimile where the trio have completely overhauled the XL coffee table publication, which was published by Taschen Verlag in 2012 about the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty? is now available at the gallery and each book comes with a unique, handmade cover of only 600 copies.
For more information and to order a copy online, please click here.
MOHAMMED KAZEMMy Neighbours March 14, 2016
Main Entrance, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE
Until 6 July
As part of Alserkal Avenue's Programming for Art Week 2016, Mohammed Kazem presents a site-specific installation My Neighbours, which consists of images from his 2006 photograph series of the same name. These photographs were taken over the course of several days looking outside from the artist's window in Al Quoz. A clothesline hangs at the bottom of each image, his neighbour's clothes hung out to dry, changing with every passing day. The only constant among the photos is a wide expanse of clear blue sky. In a city like Dubai, with very little public spaces, the sky holds out the promise of a shared space, a common that encompasses us all.
Hassan Sharif: Objects and FilesMathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar Curated by Laura Barlow March 10, 2016
Until 4 September
Hassan Sharif's solo exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art includes a selection of works from the museum's collection such as object installations and artist archives made between 1981 and 1987. During these years, Sharif established new, self-imposed system of repetition, duration, and chance in the execution of his work. These methodologies have driven a practice spanning 40 years that mischievously confront our material and immaterial complicity with production of art and culture, as well as commodoties and industry. The exhibition shows key works through which Sharif asserts the role of art and the artist in writing new visual languages to disseminate critical debates on the political, economic and cultural layers of the society.
BITA FAYYAZICeramix March 9, 2016
La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Until 12 June
Bita Fayyazi participates in Ceramix at La Maison Rouge with her iconic ceramic Cockroaches installation, which was first exhibited at the 6th Biennial of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Tehran in 1998. With over 250 pieces from international museums and private collections, this exhibition presents works by 20th and 21st century artists such as Matisse, Rodin, Picasso, Thomas Schütte and Ai Weiwei, among others.
ARCOMadridFebruary 24, 2016
IFEMA - Feria de Madrid, Spain
24 - 28 February
We are pleased to participate in the 35th edition of ARCOmadrid where Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian will present works from the Big Rock Candy Mountain series.
Much of the artists' work involves the appropriation of images and objects from magazines, markets, the Internet and mass media. In preparation for Big Rock Candy Mountain, they printed 1000 stills from news footage, painted on each of the printed images, photographed the results, and stitched them together to form the video. The source imagery depicts the destruction of cultural artefacts in war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq by individuals affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS). By slowing down the imagery, the artists discover obscure details, relationships, and editing techniques that they intensify through their own manipulations, including doubling, collage, and figurative drawing.
Ramin HaerizadehMemory and Continuity February 24, 2016
Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
Until 1 May
Ramin Haerizadeh participates in Memory and Continuity, which features works from the Huma Kabakci Collection that Nahit Kabakci began to put together in the 1980s. The collection is considered one of the most important examples of the few consciously created and well-sustained collections in Turkey. Preserved and upheld by two generations, the collection's affiliated and divergent points are brought to the fore in this exhibition.
Zoulikha BouabdellahCross-Border: Video works by contemporary artists from the Southern Mediterranean February 21, 2016
Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirura, New Zealand
Until 15 May
We are pleased to announce Zoulikha Bouabdellah's participation in Cross-Border: Video works by contemporary artists from the Southern Mediterranean, which coincides with Wellington's International Arts Festival and features video works from the ZKM's 2013 exhibition Cross-Border by artists such as Amal Kenawy, Rana ElNemr, Reem Ghazzi, Susan Hefuna, Emily Jacir and Katia Kameli.
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif1980-Today: Exhibition in the United Arab Emirates February 13, 2016
The Flying Saucer, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah UAE
Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi
Until 14 May
As presented at the National Pavilion of the UAE in the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale, 1980-Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates is now on view in Sharjah and looks at the history of exhibition making in the United Arab Emirates over the last 40 years. The emergence of art practices in the UAE is presented here through a selection of over 100 works by 15 Emirati artists.
The exhibition is built upon extensive research involving archives of newspaper articles, artists' writings, and catalogues, as well as interviews with artists and cultural practitioners. Reflecting personal and geopolitical trajectories, the research focused on the underexposed historical record and evolving practices of some of the UAE's most important modernist and contemporary artists.
Hassan SharifLooking at the World Around You. Contemporary Works from Qatar Museums February 9, 2016
Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain
Curated by Abdellah Karroum and Fatma Mostafawi
Until 19 June
Hassan Sharif participates in Looking at the World Around You. Contemporary Works from Qatar Museums, which is held in collaboration with Madrid's Fundación Banco Santander.
The exhibition includes works that traverse nearly two centuries of artistic production across three continents. Conceiving of art as a way of looking at the world around you, of proposing a multitude of interpretations and ideas for changing perceptions, the exhibition is itself an invitation to look again and see anew; an invitation, in other words, to rethink the alignment of histories and how to make sense of the world today.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANFlow Series February 8, 2016
Auditori Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Aragó 255, 08007, Barcelona, Spain
8 February at 7.30 pm
We are pleased to announce Ramin & Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian's participation in Flow Series #2, where they will be in conversation with Rosa Lleo, founder of The Green Parrot.
Flow Series a programme promoted by the Fundació Han Nefkens and the Fundació Antoni Tàpies with the aim of bringing together members of the art world from different continents and contexts. Encounters focussing on an artist and their ongoing work are the object of a conversation followed by a meal. An invitation to discuss the implications of a global dimension in the work of contemporary artists while sampling the edible creations of local artists.
ZOULIKHA BOUABDELLAHLucy's Iris. Contemporary African Women Artists January 30, 2016
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Until 12 June
Zoulikha Bouabdellah participates in Lucy's Iris. Contemporary African Women Artists, a group exhibition featuring installation, photography, video, painting, drawing and sculpture by 20 artists, each of whom addresses issues of gender, identity, ethnic groups, body, borders, territory and environment, history, memory, politics, tradition and present, feminism, colonial and postcolonial issues, migration and displacement, among others.
Hassan Sharif and Mohammed KazemDo It [In Arabic] January 23, 2016
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Until 23 March
We are pleased to announce Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif's participation in Do It [In Arabic], in which more than 60 participating artists will create written instructions that will allow anyone to make a new work of art. The exhibition is a new iteration of Hans Ulrich Obrist's project, which began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between Obrist, photographer Christian Boltanski and artist Bertrand Lavier.
Hassan Sharif and Mohammed KazemIn Search of Lost Time January 21, 2016
Brunei Gallery, London, UK
Curated by Amal Khalaf, Abdel Al Kadiri and Abdulnasser Gharem
Until 19 March
We are pleased to announce Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif's participation in In Search of Lost Time. The exhibition, commissioned by The British Council in association with Brunei Gallery, presents works that explore the complex relationship between image, speed and time in the Gulf. In doing so, the exhibition aims to provoke a discussion about the role of art and culture in the region through the works of Rajaa Khalid, Jafar Islah, Sami Mohammed, Ahmed Mater, Abdallah Al Saadi, Ajlan Gharem, Camille Zakharia, Kazem, Sharif, Sophia Al Maria, Monira Al Qadiri, Lantian Xie, Mohammed Sharaf and Shaweesh.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANThe Birthday Party December 16, 2015
ICA | The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
Organised by assistant curator Ruth Erickson with curatorial assistant Jeffrey De Blois
Until 27 March
The Birthday Party is the trio's first museum exhibition in the USA and borrows its title from a 1953 play by Nobel prize winning English writer Harold Pinter, a surreal comedy about a party organised as a ploy to get the character to sit down. The Haerizadeh brothers and Rahmanian began their version as a kind of a party-cum-performance in August at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde. During the performance, they shuffled around the space in costumes made of long prayer robes that obscured their vision, spilling paint across a floor they constructed, while unwrapping presents and making accumulative sculptures out of their contents.
In the current installation at the ICA, they bring together some of the remnants from the performance - the painted floor, the sculptures, and the video documentation - with a number of new works and a selection of works by other artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Bahman Mohassess, Ree Morton and Hassan Sharif.
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, HESAM RAHMANIANThe 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art November 21, 2015
Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Until 10 April
All The Rivers Run Into The Sea. Over. / Copy. Yet, The Sea Is Not Full. Over. (2015) challenges the conventional modes of display and standards of value. Every inch of the room is covered, including walls and floors, with no concern for hierarchy and preciousness. Their medley of influences ranges from satirical folk theatre, illuminated manuscripts, miniature painting and Persian poetry, to Modernist art and Pop culture.
The trio discuss their collaborative practice in this youtube video: APT8 Artist Interview | Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian at QAGOMA.
ABU DHABI ARTNovember 18, 2015
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE
18 - 21 November 2015
We are pleased to participate in the seventh edition of Abu Dhabi Art with new works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem and Rokni Haerizadeh. Additionally, a large-scale copper sculpture by Sharif will be featured in the Beyond section, curated by Fabrice Bousteau, which aims to bring art to the public arena under the theme of Bliss.
ArtissimaBack To The Future November 6, 2015
Involved in Nonsense
Back To The Future is the section Artissima has devoted to solo exhibitions of the great pioneers of contemporary art. This edition focuses on the period between 1975-85 by presenting works by artists who played a key role in the history of art but whose work is not always known to the general public.
We are pleased to present the very early practice of Hassan Sharif, the first recipient of a fine art scholarship from the United Arab Emirates to study at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London. Involved in Nonsense will focus on works made between the years 1982-85, a period in which Sharif travelled frequently between the Emirates and the UK, mailing or carrying works between the two countries. This nomadic back and forth movement of the artist, knowledge and works underscores a dynamism that charged this initial encounter between the Emirates and the Western avant-garde.