Publication Details

Sharjah Biennial 9: Provisions Book I
Edited by Antonia Carver, Valerie Grove and Lara Khaldi
480 pages, 274 visuals
23.5 x 16.5 cm
English and Arabic
Published by Sharjah Art Foundation and Bidoun, 2009


Published to accompany Sharjah Biennial 9, Provisions is an experimental catalogue approaching the space of the book as an art project. With an attention to the theme, which was focusing on production and process, each participating artist was asked to respond to a questionnaire about their work in the Biennial.

The result is an amalgamation of notes, collages, annotations, sketches, maquettes and ideas that would eventually – for most – become site-specific projects created in Sharjah. This publication is the first book in a set of two that, together, aims to document the process of making and of presenting site-specific work in the biennial context.

Each artist was given seven pages of the catalogue to respond to the questionnaire, provide sketches and other visuals, as well as providing biographical information and an installation view of their work.

Texts by Hamra Abbas, Haig Aivazian, Reem Al Gaith, Diana Al Hadid, Jawad Al Malhi, Basma Al Sharif, Halil Altindere, Ziad Antar, Juan Araujo, Tarek Atoui, Samira Badran, Doris Bittar, Isabel Carlos, Melissa Chimera and Adele Ne Jame, Eugenio Dittborn, Lili Dujourie, Alberto Duman, Hala Elkoussy, Haris Epaminonda, Ayse Erkmen, Sophie Ernst, Amir H Fallah, Lara Favaretto, Lamya Gargash, Mariam Ghani and Erin Ellen Kelly, Simryn Gill, Sheela Gowda, Laurent Grasso, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joregie, NS Harsha, Doug Henders, Agnes Janich, Lamia Joreige, Fernando Jose Pereira, Narelle Jubelin, Nadia Kaabi Linke, Hayv Kahraman, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Maider Lopez, Robert MacPherson, Lani Maestro, Firoz Mahmud, Waheeda Malullah, Jose Luis Martinat, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Gita Meh, Giussepe Moscatello, Nika Oblak and Primoz Novak, Jack Persekian, Liliana Porter, Rasha Salti, Karin Sander, Nida Sinnokrot, Valeska Soares with O Grivo, David Spriggs, Ana Vidigal, Sharif Waked, Liu Wei, Lawrence Weiner, Jane and Louise Wilson and Yonamine.


Provisions Book I

Cover Page View (Arabic)

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