The sixth edition of Re|sound, Sharjah Art Foundation’s biannual event for musical experimentation in dialogue with the medium of film, takes place this Friday, 9 April 2021, featuring the award-winning film Symphony of the Ursus Factory (2018) and live music from UAE-based jazz fusion trio NOON. Taking place in the open-air Mirage City Cinema, Re|sound fuses sound-based art and cinema by inviting locally and regionally based musicians and artists to perform live original sets in tandem with a projected film.
Symphony of the Ursus Factory, directed by Jaśmina Wójcik and winner of Best Mid-length Documentary Award at Hot Docs in 2019, explores the rich history of the Ursus factory in Poland, which shut its doors at the end of the 20th century with the collapse of communism. The 60-minute film presents a glimpse of a bygone era through a re-enactment of one day at the plant in collaboration with former factory employees.
Consisting of drummer Ratish Chadha, oud player Mohamed Hosny and bassist Steve Bedford, experimental jazz fusion band NOON draws on a varied range of cultural influences to create a distinctive and familiar sound that truly represents the diversity of the Emirates. NOON has performed at several festivals and venues such as Barzakh Festival, NYUAD Arts Center, Abu Dhabi (2020); Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington DC (2020); DXB4BEY Festival, Dubai Opera (2020); Jesuit Cultural Center, Alexandria, Egypt (2019); MDL Beast Festival, Riyadh (2019); and Magnetic Fields Festival, Rajasthan, India (2018).
Mirage City Cinema is located in the Foundation’s Aga Khan Award-nominated Al Mureijah Art Spaces. The contemporary theatre hosts film screenings, live performances and other year-round events organised by Sharjah Art Foundation.
This event is free to attend and open to all; however, prior online booking is encouraged. Book your tickets now on this link.
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About Sharjah Art Foundation
Sharjah Art Foundation is an advocate, catalyst and producer of contemporary art within the Emirate of Sharjah and the surrounding region, in dialogue with the international arts community. Under the leadership of founder Hoor Al Qasimi, a curator and artist, the Foundation advances an experimental and wide-ranging programmatic model that supports the production and presentation of contemporary art, preserves and celebrates the distinct culture of the region and encourages a shared understanding of the transformational role of art. The Foundation’s core initiatives include the long-running Sharjah Biennial, featuring contemporary artists from around the world; the annual March Meeting, a convening of international arts professionals and artists; grants and residencies for artists, curators and cultural producers; ambitious and experimental commissions and a range of travelling exhibitions and scholarly publications.
Established in 2009 to expand programmes beyond the Sharjah Biennial, which launched in 1993, the Foundation is a critical resource for artists and cultural organisations in the Gulf and a conduit for local, regional and international developments in contemporary art. The Foundation’s deep commitment to developing and sustaining the cultural life and heritage of Sharjah is reflected through year-round exhibitions, performances, screenings and learning programmes in the city of Sharjah and across the Emirate, often hosted in historic buildings that have been repurposed as cultural and community centres. A growing collection reflects the Foundation’s support of contemporary artists in the realisation of new work and its recognition of the contributions made by pioneering modern artists from the region and around the world.
Sharjah Art Foundation is a legally independent public body established by Emiri Decree and supported by government funding, grants from national and international nonprofits and cultural organisations, corporate sponsors and individual patrons. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Sharjah is the third largest of the seven United Arab Emirates and the only one bridging the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Reflecting the deep commitment to the arts, architectural preservation and cultural education embraced by its ruler, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Sharjah is home to more than 20 museums and has long been known as the cultural hub of the United Arab Emirates. It was named UNESCO's Arab Capital of Culture in 1998 and the UNESCO World Book Capital in 2019.
Alyazeyah Al Reyaysa