Tarek Atoui has worked with the Sharjah Art Foundation on a range of projects since 2008. As curator of the Sharjah Biennial 11 Sound Programme, Atoui worked with fifteen musicians to present Within, a sound composition of four interrelated movements that were performed in public spaces throughout the duration of the Biennial.

Between 2011 and 2012, Atoui created a series of works that explored the classical form of Arabic music known as Tarab (link). La Suite was performed during the Memory Marathon at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2012), Re-Visiting Tarab in Sharjah (2012) and Visiting Tarab as a Performa Commission with Sharjah Art Foundation in New York (2011). These works were all commissioned and produced by Sharjah Art Foundation.

During his 2008 residency in Sharjah, Atoui composed Un-drum/Strategies of surviving noise which was presented in the 9th Sharjah Biennial in 2009. This was followed by Un-drum 2: the Chinese connection (2009), which was performed during the Sharjah Art Foundation exhibition Disorientation II presented in Abu Dhabi in 2010.

Atoui has also worked with the Sharjah Art Foundation's Education Programme over the years, leading workshops on art and technology for university students, teenagers and museum professionals in both the UAE and the wider region.

Tarek Atoui’s work presents music and new technologies as powerful tools of expression and identity. Preferring to build new software for each project and specialise in creating computer tools for interdisciplinary art forms and youth education, much of his work references social and political realities. An example is his pioneering youth workshop Empty Cans which was presented in France, Holland, Lebanon, Egypt and in New York as part of his Museum as Hub residency at the New Museum.


Tarek Atoui was born in Beirut in 1980 and moved to Paris in 1998 where he studied contemporary and electronic music at the French National Conservatory of Reims. Atoui released his first solo album in the Mort Aux Vaches series for the label Staalplaat (Amsterdam/Berlin) in 2006-07, and became co-artistic director of the STEIM Studios in Amsterdam in 2008.

Atoui has performed and exhibited extensively including the 8th Berlin Biennial, Germany (2014); Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE (2013); Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2012); Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2012); Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2011); Performa 5, New York, USA (2011); Mediacity Seoul, Republic of Korea (2010); New Museum, New York, USA (2010); La Maison Rouge, Paris, France (2010); Disorientation II, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2009); Sharjah Biennial 9, UAE (2009).

Atoui currently lives and works in Paris.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 9, 10 and 11


Atoui, Tarek


Tarek Atoui conceived this programme as a sound composition of four interrelated movements that build up and feed back on each other.