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 email@example.com.
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’.
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.
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.
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.