Overview

Join in, take part and collaborate as individuals, families, friends – as a community, together in do it بالعربي [in Arabic] – a project organised by Sharjah Art Foundation. More than 70 artists from across the region have written instructions that anyone can use to make a new work of art.

More than 70 artists from across the region have participated in do it بالعربي [in Arabic], contributing 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, this project is a new iteration of the ongoing do it publication and exhibition project originally founded and curated by Obrist in 1993.

do it بالعربي [in Arabic] opened to the public in Sharjah from 23 January to 23 April 2016 at Sharjah Art Foundation's heritage house Bait Al Shamsi. On view was a selection of artist instructions, some of which had already been realised and others that visitors were able to use to create art works of their own. There was also the opportunity to join in public workshops, activations, performances and thought-provoking activities on one of the many Open Days scheduled over the course of the exhibition.

The bilingual publication of do it بالعربي [in Arabic], which accompanies the exhibition, includes the over 60 newly commissioned artist instructions, a selection of previously published instructions and essays that contextualise the project. This publication has become the basis for a series of do it بالعربي [in Arabic] exhibitions and events with institutions across the region.

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

do it بالعربي [in Arabic] in the Region

Since the first activation of do it بالعربي [in Arabic] in Sharjah in early 2016, other iterations of the project have been presented at Darat Al Funun, Amman (June–December 2016); Al Riwaq, Manama (July and November–December 2016); Riwaq, Ramallah and other locations in Palestine (March–October 2017) and Townhouse, Cairo (July 2017). Continuing its travels, do it بالعربي [in Arabic] will be presented in 2018 with Art Jameel in various Saudi Arabian locations.

Click on the image arrays below to view the different iterations around the region.

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Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah

do it بالعربي opened to the public in Sharjah from 23 January to 23 April 2016 at Sharjah Art Foundation's heritage house Bait Al Shamsi. On view was a selection of artist instructions, some of which had already been realised and others that visitors were able to use to create art works of their own. There was also the opportunity to join in public workshops, activations, performances and thought-provoking activities on one of the many Open Days scheduled over the course of the exhibition.

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Participants activating Khalid Al Baih's Socks Ball, 2016.
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Participants activating Amir Nour's instruction, 2016.
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Participants activating Mona Hatoum's Until there were None..., 2016.
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Darat Al Funun, Amman

do it بالعربي [in Arabic] was presented at Darat Al Funun, Amman across all its venues from June-December, 2016. During tours, visitors were able to realise works in all the venues, either independently or with groups. Many of the instructions were activated during the summer months through collaborations between artists, architects and students.

The do it بالعربي [in Arabic] publication, comprising all the instructions, a conversation between Hoor Al Qasimi and Hans Ulrich Obrist, and essays by Adila Laїdi-Hanieh and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, was launched at the opening of the project in Amman.

Participants activating Foud Al Koury's instruction, 2016.
Image courtesy Darat Al Funun.

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Participants activating Aya Haider's Migrant, 2016.
Image courtesy Darat Al Funun.

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Guests in The Lab, 2016.
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Al Riwaq, Manama

do it بالعربي [in Arabic] was activated in Manama at Al Malja Red Bull (July and November–December 2016), an arts space that supports emerging artists and at The Nest (November–December 2016), an annual arts festival. Both activations took place in Manama’s Al Adliya neighbourhood, where old houses have been converted into art and community spaces, restaurants and cafes. This area provided an inviting and accessible social space for the project.

Realised by visitors, volunteers and Manama-based artist Jaffar Al Oraibi, this iteration of do it بالعربي [in Arabic] presented works conceived by Manal Al Dowayan, Mona Hatoum, Hassan Khan, Khalid Hourani, Ala Younis, Khalid Al Baih, Khaled Sabsabi, Hassan Meer, Fouad Khoury, Rita Alaoui and Rayanne Tabet.

Participants activating Ala Younis's instruction Land first speaks to you in signs, 2015,
Image courtesy Al Malja Red Bull Space, 2016.

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A realisation of Hassan Meer's instruction, 2016,
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Riwaq, Ramallah and other locations in Palestine

do it بالعربي [in Arabic] was activated at Riwaq in Ramallah (9–16 May 2017), punctuating a period of activations that began in March and April at the Nuwar Nissan Children’s Festival, and continued in other community centers and the Jaba’ and Asira Ashimaliyah villages in and around Ramallah until autumn 2017.

Presented in Riwaq’s garden and the newly opened Artس gallery, the project provided an opportunity for students, families, adults and children to activate instructions for works conceived by Etel Adnan, Hassan Sharif, Amir Nour, Ali Cherri, Hassan Khan, Dia Batal, Hassan Meer, Jorge Tacla, Kamala Ibrahim Ishaq, Fouad Elkoury and Safaa Erruas. The iteration also offered a platform for new instruction works to be created by local artists Dalia Taha, Bashar Zarour, Sami Zarour, Shada Safadi and Ala’ Al Baba as well as the general public.

Activation of Manal Al Dowayan's instruction I am Here (2015) at Nuwar Nissan,
Image courtesy Riwaq, 2017.

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Participants activating Tarek Al Ghoussein's instruction Self Portrait (2016) at Nuwar Nissan,
Image courtesy Riwaq, 2017.

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Participants activating Etel Adnan's instruction (2012),
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Opening reception at Riwaq,
Image courtesy Riwaq, 2017.

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Townhouse, Cairo

Townhouse, Cairo presented do it بالعربي [in Arabic] in July 2017, inviting artists, students and families to gather in their factory space and surrounding neighbourhood to activate a selection of artist instructions. The realisations included instructions by Hazem Harb, activated by artist Ahmed Zaazaa; Ahmad Ghossain, activated by artist Sondos Shabayek; Etel Adnan, activated by Mohamed Abo ElFath and Lara Baladi, activated by the Townhouse team.

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s instruction was also activated by the Townhouse team, who were directed by the artists to ‘re-evoke and then partly erase’ one of Townhouse’s exhibitions from exactly one year before. As Townhouse had not had any exhibitions the year before, they decided to evoke and recreate a ‘past erasure’ instead.

Activation of Hazem Harb's instruction Roots (2015) at a workshop led by Ahmed Zaazaa,
Image courtesy Townhouse, 2017.

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do it بالعربي [in Arabic], opening reception at Townhouse,
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Etel Adnan's instruction activated by Mohamed Abo Elfath,
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