Overview

Join in, take part and collaborate as individuals, families, friends – as a community, together in do it بالعربي [in Arabic] – a new project organised by Sharjah Art Foundation. More than 60 artists from across the region have written instructions that anyone can use to make a new work of art.

Co-curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director Hoor Al Qasimi and Serpentine Gallery Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it بالعربي is a new iteration of the ongoing do it publication and exhibition project originally founded and curated by Obrist in 1993.

do it بالعربي will be open to the public at Sharjah Art Foundation's Bait Al Shamsi from 23 January to 23 April 2016. On view will be a selection of artist instructions, some of which will have been previously realised and others which visitors can use to create art works of their own. Everyone is invited to join in the workshops, activations, performances and thought-provoking activities on one of the many Open Days, scheduled over the course of the exhibition.

The do it بالعربي bilingual publication will include over 60 newly commissioned artist instructions, a selection of previously published instructions as well as essays that contextualise the project.

This publication will also be the basis for a series of do it بالعربي exhibitions and events with institutions across the region, including Townhouse, Cairo, Al Riwaq, Manama, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Dar Al-Ma'Mûn, Marrakech, Riwaq Biennial, Palestine as well as with partners in Beirut, Kuwait, Jeddah and Sudan. These events are scheduled to take place in 2016 and 2017.

At Sharjah Art Foundation, do it بالعربي will be realised through extensive collaborations with schools, universities and communities across the UAE, including Ajman Centre for Rehabilitation, American University of Sharjah, Al Tamkeen Centre, Emirates Fine Arts Society, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, Sharjah International Book Fair, and University of Sharjah.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. For further information on how to get involved please contact info@sharjahart.org.

do it بالعربي is organised by Sharjah Art Foundation and co-curated by Hoor Al Qasimi and Hans Ulrich Obrist. do it is a project originally founded and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1993.

Participating Artists

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Hamra Abbas, Mohamed Abdelkarim, Adel Abdessemed, Adel Abidin, Sarah Abu Abdallah, Etel Adnan, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Sophia Al Maria, Jaffar Al Oraibi, Mohammed Al Qassab, Nasser Al Salem, Mounira Al Solh, Mustapha Akrim, Rita Alaoui, Khalid Albaih, Manal AlDowayan, Rheim Alkadhi, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Ziad Antar, Tarek Atoui, Samira Badran, Ismaïl Bahri, Lara Baladi, Dia Batal, Taysir Batniji, Dorris Bittar, Ali Cherri, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Róza El-Hassan, Fouad ElKoury, Safaa Erruas, Fadlabi, Simone Fattal, GCC, Abdulnasser Gharem, Ahmad Ghossein, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Aya Haidar, Hazem Harb, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hefuna, Khaled Hourani, Kamala Ibrahim Ishag, Mohammed Kazem, Yazan Khalili, Hassan Khan, Ahmed Mater, Hassan Meer, Amina Menia, Magdi Mostafa, Joe Namy, Nasir Nasrallah, Amir Nour, Khalil Rabah, Khaled Sabsabi, Abdulraheem Salim, Jayce Salloum, Zineb Sedira, Sam Shalabi, Hassan Sharif, Suha Shoman, Nida Sinnokrot, Rayyane Tabet, Jorge Tacla, Jalal Toufic, Sharif Waked, Raed Yassin, Ala Younis, Hisham Youssef and Camille Zakharia

Visuals

Visitors activating instruction by Manal AlDowayan titled I Am Here

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Visitors activating instruction by Manal AlDowayan titled I Am Here
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Visitors activating instruction by Khalid Albaih titled Socks Ball

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Visitors activating instruction by Khalid Albaih titled Socks Ball
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Visitors activating instruction by Khalid Albaih titled Socks Ball

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Visitors activating instruction by Khalid Albaih titled Socks Ball
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Visitors activating instruction by Amir Nour

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Visitors activating instruction by Amir Nour
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Visitors activating instruction by Amir Nour

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Visitors activating instruction by Amir Nour
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Open Day, Bait Al Shamsi, Arts Area

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Open Day, Bait Al Shamsi, Arts Area
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Visitors activating instruction by Mona Hatoum titled Until there are none…

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Visitors activating instruction by Mona Hatoum titled Until there are none
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