Talk | Sara Naim

Alserkal’s January Artist Takeover, Exchanges, features 15 ‘stations’ placed throughout the Avenue. Each station, mounted against the corrugated or concrete walls, includes a walkie-talkie, a speaker, and a list of 6 to 7 existential, surreal questions. The station invites any passerby to ask one of the listed questions into the walkie-talkie to either find a fellow passerby across the avenue who replies, or into the ether and perhaps, then, to themselves. A speaker in each station recites the same questions asked and answered by 100 people previously recorded in the Avenue.

This project plays with the laws of chance, and provokes a change in the conventional way one engages with brief encounters, and even ourselves. It provides the opportunity to share with a stranger a thought, experience or feeling, stirred by somewhat humorous, ethereal, random and exis­tential questions.

Discover layers of the sound installation in a talk with the artist Sara Naim in The Majlis (Warehouse 58) on 20 January.

About Sara Naim

Sara Naim (b. 1987, London) is a Syrian visual artist who grew up between Dubai and London. She received her MFA in Fine Art Media at The Slade School of Fine Art, London (2014), completed her Bachelors in Photography from London College of Communication and Art Foundation at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Her selected solo shows include Building Blocks, The Third Line, Dubai (2019), Reaction, Parafin, London (2018), When Heartstings Collapse at The Third Line, Dubai (2016); Heartstrings at Concrete, Hayward Gallery, London (2016), and selected group shows: Centre Photographique Rouen, Science Fictions, Normandie (2019), Katzen Arts Center, Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World, Washington D.C. (2018), and Stedelijk Museum, Artificial Impressions, Breda Photo (2018), Sans Titre Vol. 1 and 2, Paris (2016), The Third Image, Galerie Binome, Paris (2017), and Au Lait! Quand l’Art Déborde at Lab’Bel Gallery, Jura, France (2012).

Her works have been featured in Art Forum, Phaidon, artnet, Dazed, Harpers Bazaar, PHROOM, and Tribe Photo Magazine. Sara was three times Artist in Resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2016, 2018, 2019), and in 2015 at Beirut Art Residency, Lebanon. She was nominated for Foam Paul Huf Award (2018 and 2017), and Jameel Prize 5, shortlisted for the Denton’s Art Prize, 2016, and won the Mak­ing Pictures Award and the D&AD New Blood Award (2013). Sara participated in Frieze London (2019, 2017), Frieze New York (2019), FIAC and Art Dubai (2015). She was a Tedx Speaker in 2018. Naim lives and works in Paris.