In 13 Essential Rules for Understanding the World, a list of numbered guidelines seem to be narrated by tulips with faces drawn on their petals.
Dressed like grown men, with glued-on moustaches and dubbed with the voices of adults, a group of boys retell a story by Egyptian writer Mohamed Mustagab.
Al Araba Al Madfuna II re-tells the parables Horsemen Adore Perfumes and The Offering by Egyptian novelist Mohamed Mustagab.
The video brings us closer to actions that are usually heard but not seen, revealing a performance in contrast to its religious connotations: the bell ringers’ violent, abrupt, repetitive and physically dangerous efforts seem almost like a pagan ritual carried out in a trance.
DAYS, I See What I Saw and What I Will See explores the notion of producing a continuous representation of space and a discontinuous representation of time – at the same time.
Death at a 30 Degree Angle is a multimedia installation composed of video, architectural drawings and clay maquettes.
Dictums 10:120 is a multipart project that involves the composition and performance of a qawwali song.
Wael Shawky began Dictums 10:120, a multipart project that involves the composition and performance of a qawwali song, during the Witness Programme, an artists’ residency at Sharjah Biennial 10.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chai Siri
Dilbar is a portrait of a city builder, one of a million Bangladeshi workers currently living in the United Arab Emirates.
In Domestic Tourism II, Maha Maamoun explores how the ‘timeless’ image of the Egyptian pyramids - projected by the tourism industry - can be challenged by reworking representations of these historic monuments into urban narratives that highlight their complex political, social and historical dimensions.
Echo screens the well-known sequence from El Ard alongside Nasr’s footage of El Ansary. The projections face and echo one another, suggesting that the problems which faced Egyptian society in 1933 and 1969 remain unresolved in 2003.
This video invites a reevaluation of notions of resistance, survival, will, separation, distance and closeness.
Basma Al Sharif
Basma Alsharif’s work explores how we relate to and internalise the geo-political shifts that occur within our lifetimes and those we carry with us from past generations.
Through the medium of a feature-length film, different experiences and encounters at sea (and on adjacent land) are not so much tied together as allowed to speak.
In this video, a man walks among the picturesque ruins, reenacting poses from Franz Roubaud’s late nineteenth-century paintings of the Caucasian War.
Nika Oblak and Primõz Novak
The film depicts an epic journey in which the pair strives to break a Guinness World Record, by pushing a wheelbarrow from Ljubljana to Sharjah – a feat that would cover a distance of 14,500 kilometres and require 3 years and 12 days.