Overview

Sharjah Biennial 14 (SB14) curators Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons will organise three distinct programmes for March Meeting 2019 (MM 2019), which coincides with the Biennial’s opening days.

In popular culture, the ‘Echo Chamber’ is a moniker for circuitous news media and its attendant feeds that are reinforced by a closed system, a network that is controlled and governed by private sources, governments and corporations. It is also a metaphor for the historical dominance of Capital and the cultural, social and political systems which dictate its access, production and distribution—this ‘capital’ wooing (and thus privileging) particular image, language, skill, history and geography. Most tangibly, the ‘Echo Chamber’ is the space wherein sound hits and reverberates, where memory and imagination echo across surface, across space, and across time.

‘Leaving the Echo Chamber’ does not propose a ‘how’ to ‘leave’ this context, but rather seeks to put into conversation a series of provocations on how one might re-negotiate the shape, form and function of this chamber, towards a multiplying of the echoes within, such vibration representative of the vast forms of human production—its rituals, beliefs and customs.

MM 2019 will expand on the overall theme of Leaving the Echo Chamber and on the concepts explored in the respective platforms of SB14’s three curators.