Publication Details

Drawing Time: Duets
Exhibition guide
130 pages, 41 visuals
16.5 x 11.5 cm
English and Arabic
Published by Sharjah Art Foundation
ISBN 978-1-915656-15-5


This exhibition guide highlights recent acquisitions and rarely seen historical works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, intricately woven to narrate the significance of drawing as a practice. In Drawing Time: Duets, concepts of the ‘double’ are explored through works by 15 artists from diverse geographies and cultural backgrounds, including Amal Kenawy, Baya, Claudette Johnson, David Koloane, Eduard Puterbrot, Farideh Lashai, Hassan Sharif, Helen Khal, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Ibrahim Massouda, Kamala Ibrahim Ishag, Kimathi Donkor, Monir Canaan, Omer Khairy and Theaster Gates.

The guide includes a foreword from Hoor Al Qasimi, Foundation director; a curatorial note from Omar Kholeif, exhibition’ curator; and an essay from Collection researcher Souraya Talal Kreideh on the process and concepts of the exhibition.

Drawing Time: Duets

Drawing Time: Duets

Drawing Time: Duets brings to life an expansive history of drawing through rarely seen works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection, which collectively explore the concept of the double or the pair.

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Drawing Time: Duets

Kholeif, Omar

Omar Kholeif, PhD, CF FRSA, is an author and artist; a curator and cultural historian, and a broadcaster who has curated more than 100 exhibitions of visual art, architecture and digital culture.

Drawing Time: Duets

Kenawy, Amal

Amal Kenawy’s work explores political, social and feminist issues, primarily in Egypt, and reflects on topics of death and regeneration.

Drawing Time: Duets


Self-taught artist Baya (Mahieddine), born Fatima Haddad, is best known for her colourful work depicting women, animals (or animal-like creatures), vegetation and musical instruments.

Drawing Time: Duets

Puterbrot, Eduard

Highly influenced by his home country of Dagestan and its traditions, mythology and culture, Puterbrot’s work encompasses the realm of Dagestani fairy tales, legends and traditions.

Drawing Time: Duets

Farideh Lashai

Farideh Lashai was a true multi-disciplinary artist, working in painting, sculpture, installation and stop motion animation.

Drawing Time: Duets

Sharif, Hassan

A pioneer of conceptual art and experimental practice in the Middle East, Hassan Sharif explored form, time, social action and mathematical systems throughout his career.

Drawing Time: Duets

Donkor, Kimathi

Kimathi Donkor reimagines mythic, historical and everyday encounters across Africa and its global diasporas, addressing the erasure of Black subjectivity and Black historical figures from western canonical art history.