Sharjah Biennial 11. Re-Emerge: Towards a new Cultural Cartography
Inspired by the courtyard in Islamic architecture — in particular the historical courtyards of Sharjah, where elements of both public and private life intertwine — the curator Yuko Hasegawa proposes a new cultural cartography that reconsiders the relationships between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa to Latin America.
The opening of SB11 marked the inauguration of SAF's five new multi-functional art spaces, which have been in development since 2009. With approximately 20,000 square feet of interior space, connected by open-air courtyards and roof-top terraces, these new spaces will provide venues for SAF's growing activities and the increasing needs of its community.
Near the Sharjah heritage area on Bank Street, works could be found in the Sharjah Islamic Bank—a 1970s building soon to be demolished for reconstructing heritage housing. Sara Ramo's site-specific installation made an interesting use of the top floor.