Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Biennial 16

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

A Reverse Retrogress: Scene 1 (2013)

A Reverse Retrogress: Scene 1 (2013)

Mary Sibande

Mary Sibande engages counter- historical narratives and the language of dress to animate the stories of South African women and critique western imperialist depictions of their lives.

Burden of Proof (2022)

Burden of Proof (2022)

Barbara Walker

Barbara Walker’s figurative art practice interrogates past and contemporary manifestations of issues at the intersection of racial identity, belonging, class, power and body politics.

Common Black Blocks (2022)

Common Black Blocks (2022)

Waheeda Malullah

Waheeda Malullah’s practice examines the socialised norms of Bahraini society and the wider Arabian Gulf through a playful,
performative lens.

Decolonised Structures (2022)

Decolonised Structures (2022)

Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare’s practice is situated in conversation with the growing activism around the decolonisation of public spaces
and the reorientation of historical education

Kambule (2022)

Kambule (2022)

Maya Cozier

Writer and filmmaker Maya Cozier draws from her experience as a dancer and choreographer to create works that focus on West African and Caribbean history and culture.

Night Veil (2021) and other works

Night Veil (2021) and other works

Nabil El Makhloufi

Nabil El Makhloufi grapples with themes of self-authorship,
alienation, nostalgia and the cultural plurality of migration.

Of Palimpsests & Erasure (2022)

Of Palimpsests & Erasure (2022)

patricia kaersenhout

patricia kaersenhout is an artist and activist who examines hidden and forgotten stories, delving into ignored histories of the African diaspora and its movements around the globe.

Resistance (2019)

Resistance (2019)

Hank Willis Thomas

At the intersection of art and activism, Hank Willis Thomas’ work reframes material from contemporary consumer culture and histories of colonialism, shedding light on the legacy
of oppressive systems and stereotypes.

Searching for Oran (2019–ongoing)

Searching for Oran (2019–ongoing)

Anita Pouchard Serra

Anita Pouchard Serra’s visual storytelling practice draws from her transnational lived experience and engagement with social issues such as migration and women’s rights.

Spandex installations (2023) and other works

Spandex installations (2023) and other works

Joiri Minaya

Joiri Minaya is a Dominican- American multidisciplinary artist whose work investigates the continuity of colonial power hierarchies, often exploring the performativity of tropical identity and its commodification.

The Ark 2: Dispersal (2022)

The Ark 2: Dispersal (2022)

Lavanya Mani

Questioning orientalist discourse, Lavanya Mani recontextualises the fantastical myths and fables
disseminated by Victorian travellers and the histories of traditional textile production.

Untitled: Excavation (2022)

Untitled: Excavation (2022)

Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall is a visual artist best known for his large- scale acrylic paintings chronicling the modern African-American experience and claiming space for Black representation in a medium from which Black figures have historically been excluded.