Sheikh Sultan inaugurates the SAF 2022 spring exhibitions

Sheikh Sultan during the inauguration of the SAF Spring exhibitions. W.A.M.

His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, on Friday morning opened three art exhibitions as part of the Spring 2022 program organized by the Sharjah Art Foundation, in the buildings of of Al Mureijah Square and Bait Al Serkal.

Exhibitions opened by Sheikh Sultan included: exhibition of artists Khalil Rabah, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and CAMP.

During his tour, the Ruler of Sharjah was briefed on highlights of the three different art exhibitions and experiences the participating artists worked on at different times, identifying the significant works they included between drawing, training and visual and audio art, embodied by the stories, ideas and artistic projects of the participants.

Sheikh Sultan visited the exhibition of artist Khalil Rabah, appraised by Sheikha Hoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President of the Sharjah Art Foundation, where Sheikh Sultan listened to a detailed explanation about the important works included in the exhibition, which reflect the experience of the artist during his career from the 90s of the last century to the present day.

Sheikh Sultan listened to the ideas of Khalil Rabah’s artistic project, which he works on and explores through the methodology of the work of cultural institutions, evaluative practice, museum discourses and critical knowledge, in the light of situations of displacement and urgency imposed for long periods of time.

Sheikh Sultan visited Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s “The Sonic Image” exhibition, curated by Omar Khalif, Senior Curator and Director of Collections at Sharjah Art Foundation, in Al Mareijah Square.

During his visit to the exhibition, Sheikh Sultan listened to explanations about the artworks contained in the exhibition, which represent an important and profound aspect of the career of the artist, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, informing Sheikh Sultan of his artistic project and what he seeks to convey to spectators and followers of his works.

During the tour, the Ruler of Sharjah visited the exhibition “The Companion Before the Road”, appraised by Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, at Bait Al Serkal in Arts Square.

Sheikh Sultan visited the exhibition, which includes many works from the CAMP Art Collection, founded in 2007 by Shayna Anand and Ashok Chukumaran in Mumbai, India, and which, through the exhibition, offer spatial and cultural perceptions derived of their work on history and the role of technology as an inherent geopolitical mediator.

Sheikh Sultan was briefed on the various ideas that inspired the participating artists to produce their distinguished and diverse works.

It followed some of the artworks included in the exhibition, representing a particular experience that artists worked on, documented and implemented in several countries in Asia.

As part of the CAMP exhibition, Sheikh Sultan listened to an explanation of the work “Passages through Passages” (2009-2013), a film project commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation’s Production Program for the Sharjah Biennale 11.

Sheikh Sultan was briefed on the details of the art project which revolves around the voyage between three bays, which stems from the CAMP Group’s interest in the sea life associated with Sharjah, and monitors the actual paths followed by a large number of people who traveled in a world of intimate memories that are difficult to link to nostalgia or patriotism.

As part of the Spring 2022 program, solo exhibitions by influential artists from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region will run from March 4 to July 4, 2022.


James C. Tibbs