Artists Eric Baudelaire, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Adrián Villar Rojas, Fahrelnissa Zeid are honoured for their thought-provoking contributions to SB12.
Sharjah is a unique place surrounded by heritage and change. With the presence of humans in the area dating back 125,000 years, this has long been a site of origin, transition and an unknowable future.
Today Sharjah is part of a novel national federation in the process of imagining itself along a time-space continuum unlike, but intimately linked to its neighbouring nations. As the emirate’s future history is written through urban development, heritage site restoration, interdependent transnational economies and a diverse everyday culture, Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible has invited fifty-one artists and groups to imagine and reflect upon its ambitions, possibilities and being. A biennial can be a dynamic structure for such considerations, and SB12 embraces this provisional format with a focus on timely experimentation from present and past.
With a focus on new commissions set amidst an ahistorical wealth of abstraction, The past, the present, the possible signals a distrust of narrative certitude in favour of unexpected simultaneities and potential alliances. Stepping into the arena of contemporary art in Sharjah are international artists involved in many conversations, confrontational and collaborative, formal and existential. Together their works offer both corporeal experience and meditative pause in this particularly disharmonious and decadent moment in human history.