“Do it” بالعربي [in Arabic] – a new project organised by Sharjah Art Foundation. More than 60 artists from across the region have written instructions that anyone can use to make a new work of art.
Co-curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director Hoor Al Qasimi and Serpentine Gallery co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist, “Do it” بالعربي is a new iteration of the ongoing Do it publication and exhibition project originally founded and curated by Obrist in 1993.
“Do it” بالعربي will be open to the public at Sharjah Art Foundation’s Bait Al Shamsi from 23 January to 23 April 2016. On view will be a selection of artist instructions, some of which will have been previously realised and others which visitors can use to create art works of their own. Everyone is invited to join in the workshops, activations, performances and thought-provoking activities on one of the many Open Days, scheduled over the course of the exhibition.
The “Do it” بالعربي bilingual publication will include over 60 newly commissioned artist instructions, a selection of previously published instructions as well as essays that contextualise the project.
This publication will also be the basis for a tour of the project with institutions and organisations across the region, beginning with the September 2016 opening at Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan.
At Sharjah Art Foundation, Do it بالعربي will be realised through extensive collaborations with schools, universities and communities across the UAE, including Ajman Centre for Rehabilitation, American University of Sharjah, Al Tamkeen Centre, Emirates Fine Arts Society, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, Sharjah International Book Fair, and University of Sharjah.