In the absence of an established museum structure, biennials
became a key space for Asian artists to gain critical and curatorial validation.
And unlike other art spaces across the country, this one will have you using more than two of your five senses in order to really appreciate the art installations at the eleventh edition of the Sharjah Biennial
Of course, that doesn't last for long because people begin to choose which of the Biennials
are worth going to rather than trying to see all of them.
BACKwhen the words "culture" and "Liverpool" were rarely used in the same sentence and critics still sniffed at the three-hour train ride up from London, Littlewoods millionaire James Moores decided the city needed a Biennial
Art and cultural exhibits will bloom around the city giving the Biennial
a distinct presence but, unlike most biennials
, this one has an added awareness-raising component about the Americas with a series of roundtables and policy summits.
While seed of most biennials
can either be sown in short seed-beds in the garden or in trays of seed compost, wallflowers only really thrive if they are sown direct in the soil rather than in trays.
It is considered one of the most prestigious biennials
alongside Venice, Sao Paolo and Sydney.
Modelled on the Venice and Cairo Biennials
, the Sharjah Biennial
has not been afraid to build awareness of art in the UAE, and even experiment a little along the way.
now have two publics--art-world jet-setters who fly in for a quick tour of the show and for the opening-weekend events, and locals who will hopefully be enticed to visit the ongoing exhibition--Szymczyk and Filipovic's bifurcation makes explicit their own stance toward reconciling those audiences' divergent needs.
-- the 3rd 01SJ Biennial
takes place Sept.
Hasegawa is Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT), and is a seasoned director, curator and advisor for international biennials
It was founded by James Moores and was inspired by other established Biennials
such as those held in Venice and Sydney.