Originally scheduled to take place from 21 to 23 March 2020, March Meeting: Unravelling the Present was postponed to March 2021.

March Meeting 2021 (MM 2021) has been organised as an extended online and on-site programme from 12 to 21 March. Taking place over 10 days instead of the usual three, MM 2021 sets the stage for the 15th edition of Sharjah Biennial (SB15) titled Thinking Historically in the Present, which is scheduled to open in 2022.

MM 2021 explores the past 30 years of Sharjah Biennial, as an initiative and as a model for disrupting the power of artistic monolingualism, and as a horizon for developing another theoretical space for thinking historically in the present.

Bringing together former Sharjah Biennial curators, artistic directors and artists as well as art historians and art critics, MM 2021 examines the role, place and impact of the Sharjah Biennial in the region and the global contemporary art scene at large.

Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present was conceived by the late Okwui Enwezor (1963–2019) as a theoretical and physical space for “Thinking Historically in the Present”. Reflecting on his tremendous impact on contemporary art, Enwezor’s visionary work transformed contemporary art paradigms and laid out an ambitious intellectual project that has shaped the development of so many institutions, including the Sharjah Biennial and Sharjah Art Foundation. Enwezor saw the Sharjah Biennial as a model for displacing older, Western-based biennials by offering a critical alternative that was committed to the future of the art exhibition as a relevant platform for engaging with history, politics and society in our global present. SB15 will be realised by Hoor Al Qasimi (Director of Sharjah Art Foundation) as curator in conjunction with the SB15 Working Group and Advisory Committee.

For more information and to register for March Meeting: Unravelling the Present, visit the MM 2021 page here.

Learn more about Sharjah Biennial 15 here.