Sharjah Art Foundation (United Arab Emirates, UAE) organizes the eight annual March Meeting, a six-day symposium featuring presentations by artists, art professionals and institutions on the production and dissemination of art in the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa, South Asia) region and internationally. Launched in 2008, the Meeting was conceived as a forum to encourage regional art professionals to connect, to share ideas and expertise, to network and form partnerships for future projects.
A vital component of Sharjah Art Foundation‘s annual programming, March Meeting examines several pertinent issues in contemporary culture, addressing institutional formation, exhibitions, and artistic production as well as consideration of how to develop education and research initiatives.
March Meeting 2015 takes place May 11-16 and is organized by Kristine Khouri, Rasha Salti, Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri and Eric Baudelaire.
Monday, May 11
“Metaphors Form a Geography from a Shadow”: The programme explores research around the International Art Exhibition for Palestine, as well as Past Disquiet, the staging of that research into an exhibition.
10am | Presentations by Kristine Khouri and Rasha Salti
12pm | Conversation between May Shigenobu and Mari Oka
3pm | “Salvaging Palestine: Art and the Nation”
4:45pm | Closing panel discussion
Tuesday, May 12
“The Sharjah Sessions”: This programme is conceived as part of “The Secession Sessions” presented in SB12.
10am | “The Anembassy is Open”: Conversation between Maxim Gvinjia and Hassan Khan
12pm | Screening of Letters to Max, 2014
3:45pm | “The State of the State”: Presentations by Khaled Hourani and Fawwaz Traboulsi
6pm | Screening
8:30pm | Performance of Souls’ Landscapes: Violence, magical superstructures & invisible guardians by Uriel Barthélémi with Entissar Al Hamdany and Fabrice Taraud
Wednesday, May 13
“The Sharjah Sessions”
10am | “A Matter of Practice”: A very short staging by Sarah Rifky
11am | “The Architecture of the State”: Presentation and discussion orchestrated by Xavier Wrona
3pm | “In Our Own Backyard”: Conversation between Lala Rukh and Mariah Lookman
4:15pm | “Present Future of Emancipation”: Group discussion with Eric Baudelaire, Maxim Gvinjia, Hassan Khan, Khaled Hourani, Lala Rukh, Mariah Lookman, Sarah Rifky, Fawwaz Traboulsi and Xavier Wrona
8:30pm | Screening event of memories of our underdevelopment, a film by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri
Thursday, May 14
“Memories of our underdevelopment, a symposium”
10:30am | The form of the day will take shape like an arabesque—interwoven motifs, which together form a composition.
8:30pm | Performance of Souls’ Landscapes: Earth layers by Uriel Barthélémi with Entissar Al Hamdany, Joel Lokossou and Fabrice Taraud
Friday, May 15
11am – 6pm | View installations by Hassan Khan and Adrián Villar Rojas
Saturday, May 16
View Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible