Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Biennial 16

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Arcadia (2023)

Arcadia (2023)

John Akomfrah

Through his experimentation with the moving image, John Akomfrah delves into themes of memory, identity, postcolonialism, temporality and the politics of aesthetics.

Bridge of Hesitation (2021–2022)  and other works

Bridge of Hesitation (2021–2022)  and other works

Anju Dodiya

Anju Dodiya’s visual language encompasses references spanning the cross-cultural history of painting, from Indian miniatures to French medieval tapestries, alongside elements of autobiography, allegory and mythology.

Exile Is a Hard Job (1983–ongoing)

Exile Is a Hard Job (1983–ongoing)

Nil Yalter

Nil Yalter’s works offer a compelling feminist viewpoint on the socioeconomic conditions that affect migratory populations and female labourers.

Fossil Folly (2023)

Fossil Folly (2023)

Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum strips themes of conflict, exile, barriers and state control from the purely conceptual realm, presenting them instead in their manifestations as lived experiences.

Hum II (2023)

Hum II (2023)

Hajra Waheed

Hajra Waheed’s multidisciplinary practice explores issues including the relationship between surveillance and the networks of power that structure human lives, while also addressing the alienation of displaced subjects affected by legacies of colonial and state violence.

Red in Tooth (2020–ongoing)

Red in Tooth (2020–ongoing)

Dala Nasser

Dala Nasser’s multimedia practice examines human and non-human entanglements within a perpetually deteriorating environment

Six Stations of Life Pursued (2022)

Six Stations of Life Pursued (2022)

Vivan Sundaram

Vivan Sundaram works with contextual responsibility and radical contradiction, exploring shifts of medium, different ‘languages’, historical acuity and memory archives.

The Circle (2023)

The Circle (2023)

Bouchra Khalili

Reflecting on the concept of civic belonging, Bouchra Khalili examines the struggle of communities excluded from citizen memberships immigrants for equal rights and the
ways in which it continues to resonate in present times.

the rhythm of consent (2022) and other works

the rhythm of consent (2022) and other works

Diedrick Brackens

At the centre of Diedrick Brackens’ intricate tapestries lie the loaded associations of cotton with the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade. Brackens’ series of allegorical tapestries are inspired by ancient West African Adinkra symbology.

These three remain (2023)

These three remain (2023)

Gabrielle Goliath

Gabrielle Goliath’s practice lies at the intersection of art and activism, challenging the paradigms of racialised and sexualised violence that underpin postcolonial and post- apartheid societies.

Until we became fire and fire us (2023)

Until we became fire and fire us (2023)

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou- Rahme’s multidisciplinary practice maps out a contemporary landscape shaped by a sense of perpetual crisis as well as a politics of desire and disaster.

Will the Gods Belong? (2023)

Will the Gods Belong? (2023)

Maitha Abdalla

Maitha Abdalla utilises cultural narratives rooted in notions of nostalgia, memory and folklore to question the dynamics of power often represented in parables.