Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible

Various Sharjah Biennial 12 sites, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
05 Mar 2015 - 05 Jun 2015

Sharjah Biennial 12:  The past, the present, the possible

Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.

Beginning with March Meeting 2014 and continuing through March Meeting 2015 (May 11–15, 2015), Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible (SB12) invites over 50 artists and cultural practitioners from over 25 countries to introduce their ideas of the possible through their art and work.

The exhibition takes place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, crossing the emirate to sites in and around the city as well as in the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman. Over two-thirds of participating artists will present new works and commissions.

Programming for SB12 includes monthly lectures and workshops in various locations around Sharjah from September 2014 to February 2015. All presentations will take place at Sharjah Art Foundation unless otherwise noted.
Please check for exact dates and times.


SB12 monthly talks 

October 27, 7pm: Eduardo Navarro in conversation with SB12 associate curator Ryan Inouye, Brownbook Office, DIFC Dubai

November 22, 6pm: Rheim Alkadhi

December 6, 7pm: Faustin Linyekula

January: SB12 artists’ roundtable discussion with SB12 curator Eungie Joo

February: Taro Shinoda

March: Asunción Molinos Gordo


Opening: March 5–7, 2015


Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible is conceived by Eungie Joo with associate curator, Ryan Inouye.

Eungie Joo was Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs at the New Museum 2007–12, where she spearheaded the Museum as Hub program and was curator of the 2012 New Museum Triennial: The Ungovernables. She was founding Director and Curator of the Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles, and served as commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, with Condensation: Haegue Yang. Joo received her doctorate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

Sharjah Biennial is organised by Sharjah Art Foundation, which brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region. Since 1993, Sharjah Biennial has commissioned, produced and presented large-scale public installations, performances and films, offering artists from the region and beyond an internationally recognised platform for exhibition and experimentation.


Sharjah Biennial 12 will include works by:

Basel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Etel Adnan, Babak Afrassiabi, Abdullah Al Saadi, Rheim Alkadhi, Ayreen Anastas, Leonor Antunes, Uriel Barthélémi, Eric Baudelaire, Mark Bradford, Nikhil Chopra, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Chung Chang-Sup, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jimmie Durham, Rene Gabri, Im Heung-Soon, Iman Issa, Michael Joo, Maryam Kashani, Mohammed Kazem, Hassan Khan, Kristine Khouri, Beom Kim, Byron Kim, Kit Lee, Jac Leirner, Faustin Linyekula, Jawshing Arthur Liou, Cinthia Marcelle, Rodney McMillian, Julie Mehretu, mixrice, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Eduardo Navarro, Damián Ortega, Rasha Salti, Hassan Sharif, Taro Shinoda, Gary Simmons, Nasrin Tabatabai, Rayyane Tabet, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Adrián Villar Rojas, Danh Vo, Xu Tan, Haegue Yang, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara, Fahrelnissa Zeid

*Final list to be released in January 2015.