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Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present

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Ep 3: Hassan Hajjaj — Music and Ritual What are the ways in which identity gets stereotyped and commodified in visual media? Can art draw on diverse histories to express solidarities in the present? To find out, listen this episode where Hassan Hajjaj is in conversation with SB15 curator Hoor Al Qasimi. At Sharjah, Hajjaj shows a documentary film called Gnawa Capoeira Brothahood (2022). Tracing the historical similarities between a Moroccan performance art called Gnawa and a Brazilian martial art called Capoeira, the film is on view at Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah till 11 June 2023. Click here to view it online. Press play to learn more about Hajjaj’s practice, process and SB15 project as well as what makes his work speak to our current time and place. To receive updates about the 15th Sharjah Biennial and the Sharjah Art Foundation’s year-round programme, follow us on Instagram @sharjahart.

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Ep 3: Hassan Hajjaj - Music and Ritual

Gnawa Capoeira Brothahood (2023)

Hassan Hajjaj’s visual compositions are a constant evocation of his multicultural upbringing and the relationships he has developed through traversing cultural backgrounds.