Road trip to Sharjah

Alserkal Programming presents our next road trip. On 19 October, we're visiting Sharjah to view new exhibitions.

Find out more about the exhibitions below.

Road trip schedule:

1PM | Departure from Nadi Al Quoz in Alserkal Avenue

2PM | Guided tour of Between the Visible and the Invisible exhibition at Maraya Art Centre with Curator Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad

3:30PM | Guided tour of CAAD Gallery at the American University of Sharjah to view the painting exhibition by ART 241 students and an exhibit of works by students in the course 'Introduction to Digital Fabrication'

5PM | Guided tour of Ala Younis and Frank Bowling exhibitions at Sharjah Art Foundation 

6PM | Guided tour of 'Subversive Forms of Social Sculpture: Heimo Zobernig and Abdulnasser Gharem' at Sharjah Art Museum

7PM | Departure 

8PM | Arrive at Alserkal Avenue

Road Trips are open to everyone and free of charge. However, spaces are limited to 30 people and reservations are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To reserve a seat, please contact


Between the Visible and the Invisible at Maraya Art Centre

The exhibition features the works of a group of seven international artists that include Pia Sandström (Stockholm), Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin (London), Chooc Ly Tan (Paris), Nikolaus Gansterer (Vienna), Leah Fusco (London), Vladimir Nikolic (Belgrade) and Oliver Ressler (Vienna). Referring to innovative forms of artistic practice in relation to memory, time and space, the show stages a constellation of some of the most thought-provoking contemporary works developed through artistic research. It is organised around three thematics: Disappearance, Suspension and Becoming. ‘Disappearance’ focuses on the ephemerality of recorded memory via sound or image; ‘Suspension’ expresses a presence that is invisible yet substantive, thinkable through feelings, and ‘Becoming' concerns the mediation between bodily drawings and the cohabitation in holding a certain space through limited time. In sum, viewers are able to experience a unique reality which is not graspable otherwise, inviting them to journey through the unknown land of ‘in-betweenness’.

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Ala Younis at Sharjah Art Foundation

Best  known  for  her  projects  informed  by  extensive  research, Ala Younis  has  explored  the  formation of  the  modern  Arab  world  and  the  potential  for  renewed  thought  and  action  that  the  era  continues  to  inspire.  Her  works  in  sculpture,  installation,  drawing  and  moving  image  examine  the  proliferation  of  political  imaginaries  through the  lens  of  cultural  production.  In  the  artist’s  hands,  artworks,  architecture,  film,  posters,  toys  and  even household  appliances  actualise  an  extensive  material  repertoire  supposedly  sealed  off  by  history.  Her  interventions  not  only  draw on  the  era’s  exuberant  optimism  but  also  tap  into  a  vein  of  critical  ambivalence  toward  the  political,  which  was  at  play  in  cultural  expressions  and  practices  of  the  period.  Younis’ work brings  to  bear  the  generative  volatility  of  this  era  on  our  current  moment’s  impoverished  state  of political  imagination. This  exhibition  presents  two  of  Younis’ early  works, Nefertiti (2008)  and Tin  Soldiers (2011) and Enactment (2017),  a  suite  of  graphite  drawings  and  inkjet  prints  based  on  documentation  that  portrays  moments  of  performative  virtuosity  when  bodies  are  called  upon  to  support  other  bodies.  Included  as  well  is  a  new  commission  that  animates a  tale  of  nations,  investors,  capital  and  aesthetics  mobilised  by  the  establishment  of  television  studios  and  the  proliferation  of  Arab  dramas  across  the  region.

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Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi at Sharjah Art Foundation

Focusing  on  the  artist’s  impressive  map  paintings,  the  exhibition  Frank  Bowling:  Mappa  Mundi [Map  of  the  World]  presents  an  overview  of  major  developments  in  Bowling’s  practice,  exploring  the  artist’s  engagement  with  history,  migration,  memory  and  representation  across  a  six-decade  career. At  a  time  when  artists  began  to  question  the  rigidity  of  formalist  principles  and  the  autonomy  of  the  painted  picture,  Bowling  sought  to  imbue  the  medium  with  complex social  and  cultural  meaning.  In  his  well-known  modulated  colour  abstractions,  which  are the focus  of  this  exhibition,  he  invested  painting  with  a  modernising  awareness  of  the  social,  political  and  geographic  transformations  taking  place  around  him.

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Subversive Forms of “Social Sculpture”: Heimo Zobernig and Abdulnasser Gharem at Sharjah Art Museum

The two artists Heimo Zobernig and Abdulnasser Gharem – one from Austria, the other from Saudi Arabia have come together because they have one thing in common. Both have changed "behavior" through their artistic work. The work of Heimo Zobernig spans an array of media, from architectural intervention and installation, through performance, film and video, to sculpture and painting. By consistently taking to the most diverse forms, he has radically intervened in the consciousness of art. His notion of sculpture is that of form itself, transcending boundaries in perception. The Saudi Arabian artist Abdulnasser Gharem is known for his highly political and highly sensitive works of art, which achieve the balancing act of creating an open platform in a restrictive society and intelligently and subversively push the limits of the possible.


About the American University of Sharjah

Founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, American University of Sharjah (AUS) has come a long way since its inception. AUS hosts over 5,600 students from more than 95 different nationalities and over 365 highly qualified and experienced full-time faculty members. Located in University City, Sharjah, AUS is a not-for-profit, independent, co-educational institution formed in line with the American higher education model, whilst remaining thoroughly grounded in Arab culture.

AUS offers 26 majors and 48 minors at the undergraduate level, 14 master’s degrees and a PhD through the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; College of Architecture, Art and Design; and School of Business Administration.

As a provider of quality higher education in the Gulf, AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates. AUS has been accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA, Tel +1 215 662 5606) since June 2004.