Overview

Speakers

MM 2021 speakers and participants include Tarek Abou El Fetouh (curator); Mona Al Khaja (artist); Hisham Al Madhloum (Chairman, Sharjah Arts Collection); Noora Al Mualla (Director of Learning and Research, Sharjah Art Foundation); Hoor Al Qasimi (President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation); John Akomfrah (artist, filmmaker); Yousif Aydabi (Cultural Advisor, Sheikh Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre); Sammy Baloji (visual artist and Co-founder of the Lubumbashi Biennale); Ute Meta Bauer (Founding Director, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, NTU); Zarina Bhimji (artist); Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Director, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and Director, Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti); Lucrezia Cippitelli (scholar, curator); Iftikhar Dadi (Associate Professor, History of Art and Director, South Asia Program, Cornell University); Catherine David (Deputy Director, National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou); Manthia Diawara (Professor, NYU, and filmmaker); Bongiwe Dhlomo–Mautloa (artist, curator); Anita Dube (artist, curator); Ehab Ellaban (Director, Center of Arts, Cairo); Reem Fadda (Director, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation); Coco Fusco (artist, writer and Professor, Cooper Union School of Art); Elizabeth Giorgis (Associate Professor, University of Addis Ababa); Thembinkosi Goniwe (Assistant Professor of Art History, Rhodes University); Hou Hanru (Artistic Director, MAXXI); Yuko Hasegawa (Artistic director, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts); Salah M. Hassan (Director, The Africa Institute, Sharjah and Goldwin Smith Professor, Cornell University); Eungie Joo (Curator of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Art); Geeta Kapur (art critic, curator); Mohammed Kazem (artist); Omar Kholeif (Director of Collections and Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation); Vasif Kortun (curator); 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); Peter Lewis (curator); Arshiya Lokhandwala (art historian, curator and Founder, Lakeeren Art Gallery); Margarita Gonzalez Lorente (Vice Director, 13th edition of Havana Biennial and Curator, International Contemporary Art, National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana); Amina Menia (artist); Gabi Ngcobo (curator, educator); Otobong Nkanga (artist); Chika Okeke-Agulu (Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University); Jack Persekian (Director, Al Ma'mal Foundation); Qudsia Rahim (Executive Director, Lahore Biennale Foundation and Director, Lahore Biennale); Uzma Z. Rizvi (Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies); Enrique Rivera (Director, Biennial of Media Arts of Santiago); Alex Dika Saggerman (Assistant Professor, Rutgers University) Nada Shabout (Professor, Art History and Coordinator, Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Initiative, University of North Texas); Sadia Shirazi (Cornell University and Whitney Independent Study Program); Suha Shoman (Founder and Chair, Darat Al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation); Aisha Stoby (curator, researcher); Alia Swastika (curator); John Tain (Head of Research, Asia Art Archive); Ming Tiampo (Professor, Art History, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, Carleton University and Co-Director, Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis); Christine Tohmé (Founding Director, Ashkal Alwan); Françoise Vergès (author, public educator, decolonial feminist); Octavio Zaya (Executive Director, Cuban Art Foundation); and Tirdad Zolghadr (Associate Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Artistic Director, Sommerakademie Paul Klee).

Overview

Akomfrah, John

Akomfrah, John

Artist

John Akomfrah’s works are characterised by their investigations into memory, post-colonialism, temporality and aesthetics and often explore the experiences of migrant diasporas globally.

Al Khaja, Mona

Al Khaja, Mona

Artist

Mona Al Khaja is a visual artist whose work is known for its Islamic patterns, Arabic calligraphy and natural elements. She explores social issues and the struggles present in modern society through painting and multimedia. 

Al-Baqsami, Thuraya

Al-Baqsami, Thuraya

Artist, Writer

Thuraya Al-Baqsami is a visual artist, journalist and writer whose work engages with poetics and politics, feminism and the feminine.

Bauer, Ute Meta

Bauer, Ute Meta

Curator

Ute Meta Bauer is a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video and sound that connect artistic work with other disciplines.

Bhimji, Zarina

Bhimji, Zarina

Artist

Through the diverse mediums of photography, film and installation, Zarina Bhimji’s practice engages with questions of institutional power and vulnerability, universality and intimacy.

Ellaban, Ehab

Ellaban, Ehab

Curator, Artist

Ehab Ellaban is a curator, cultural operator and sculptor whose creative practice includes contemporary sculpture often conceptualised for public open space commissions.

Kazem, Mohammed

Kazem, Mohammed

Artist

Mohammed Kazem’s practice is characterised by the use of reductive elements in repeating formats.

Kholeif, Omar

Kholeif, Omar

Writer, Curator, Historian

Omar Kholeif, FRSA, is a writer, curator and cultural historian who has curated more than 100 exhibitions, special projects and commissions globally.

Lewis, Peter

Lewis, Peter

Artist, Curator

Artist and curator Peter Lewis focuses on researching the work of non-Western artists and leads interdisciplinary courses in art, design, architecture and moving image.

Menia, Amina

Menia, Amina

Artist

In film, photography and installation, Amina Menia considers issues of public space, the cityscape and urban policies.

Ngcobo, Gabi

Ngcobo, Gabi

Speaker, artist

Gabi Ngcobo is an artist and curator.

Nkanga, Otobong

Nkanga, Otobong

Artist

Otobong Nkanga works across a broad spectrum of mediums in order to explore ideas surrounding land and natural resources.

Rizvi, Uzma

Rizvi, Uzma

Speaker

Uzma Rizvi is an anthropological archaeologist and cultural archaeologist who specializes in the third millennium BCE, creative placemaking and critical heritage studies.

Shoman, Suha

Shoman, Suha

Artist

Suha Shoman’s work, which comprises both painting and video installations, explores issues of identity and memory through the filter of personal and collective experiences.

Tabet, Rayyane

Tabet, Rayyane

Artist

Drawing from experience and self-directed research, Rayyane Tabet explores narratives that offer an alternative understanding of major sociopolitical events.

Vergés, Françoise

Vergés, Françoise

Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London, France

Françoise Vergès is currently Consulting Professor at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, Research Associate at Le Collège d’études mondiales, Paris, France, and President of Le Comité pour la mémoire et l’histoire de l’esclavage (France).