Since 2006 Erin Ellen Kelly has collaborated with artist Mariam Ghani on a series of site-specific video installations and for the 9th Sharjah Biennial they presented Smile, you're in Sharjah! (2009) a video study of the patterns and rhythms of movement in the shared spaces of the city.

A founding member of the multidisciplinary, multimedia collective RansomCorp, active from 1999-2002, Kelly toured warehouse spaces across the USA and Europe and created commissioned work for LaMama in New York and Schloss Broellin in Germany. As a choreographer and solo performer, she has created site-specific dance performances in gardens, galleries, warehouse spaces, boats, and theatres in the USA, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Thailand.

Kelly's other collaborations with Mariam Ghani include Fugitive Refrains which debuted at Akademie Schloss Solitude in spring 2007, Three Surrenders (2007) shown at the Beijing 798 Biennial in 2009, a multimedia performance Variations (2009) commissioned by ArteEast and shown at Queens Museum, New York and Landscape Studies: New Mexico, a project in progress. Kelly and Ghani had a joint exhibition at Momenta Art in NYC in February 2010

October 2010

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 9


Ellen Kelly, Erin

Smile, You’re in Sharjah

The title comes from the Emirate’s distinctive welcome sign, spelled out in flowers in the middle of a roundabout notorious for its rush-hour traffic jams.