5:00–6:00 pm

Signs and Transmissions: Decolonising the Architecture Exhibition
Adrian Lahoud (Dean, School of Architecture, Royal College of Art London, Co-chair, Rights of Future Generations Working Group and Curator, first Sharjah Architecture Triennial)

This presentation will discuss the challenges posed to architectural exhibition making in the context of the Global South. Drawing on the inaugural edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Rights of Future Generations, Adrian Lahoud will explore the way architecture exhibitions can respond to climate change as one of the legacies of colonialism. The decolonisation of the architecture exhibition might be said to operate along two interconnected lines: in practical terms, as a multiplier within ongoing social struggles, and in theoretical terms, as a set of concepts and ideas that promote a multi-perspectival understanding of relationships between societies and environments.

06:10 – 08:10 pm

Art and the Civic Imagination
Zarina Bhimji (artist), Geeta Kapur (art critic, curator), Ming Tiampo (Professor, Art History, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Carleton University and Co-Director, Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis)
Moderator: Salah M. Hassan (Director, The Africa Institute, Sharjah and Goldwin Smith Professor, Cornell University)

This panel considers civic imagination as civic engagement, which March Meeting has a long history of tackling through its many relevant subjects and themes. Panelists will discuss new social and political practices as well as artistic visions aimed at achieving a ‘better society’. As ideas of what comprises a ‘better society’ can vary widely, speakers will also comment on art and curating as spaces for imagining what such a society might look like. Biennials, unlike museums, tend to involve participatory or challenging projects that are not necessarily or purely aesthetic; that is to say, they possess social and political implications as well as potentially risky attitudes. These social and political implications are also exhibited in the forms and practices that are mobilised in thinking about, curating and presenting the art.