Sharjah Biennial

Sharjah Biennial 2005

06 Apr - 06 Jun 2005

Sharjah International Biennial 7
6 April - 6 June 2005

Hoor Al Qasimi

Jack Persekian

Ken Lum and Tirdad Zolghadr

General coordinator:
Hisham Al-Madhloum

Biennial coordinator:
Mahita El Bacha Urieta

The 7th edition of the Sharjah Biennial consolidated the renewal process of the event, which began two years ago. Hoor Al Qasimi took over the biennial's direction in 2002 to open it up to new art practices and to start up a "new era for contemporary art in the Gulf."

Already the 6th Sharjah Biennial was characterized by this intention, and by an exciting atmosphere of a new beginning. While at that time a lot of things still had to be improvised, this year's edition is much more concentrated and professional in its organization, and undoubtedly stands up to the comparison with the established highlights of the international art scene.

The theme of the 7th Sharjah Biennial, conceived by Jack Persekian together with the two co-curators and organizers, revolves around the issue of "Belonging". The selected and specially commissioned artworks refer to "persistent questions of belonging and unbelonging in a context of change," addressing the fast developments in the Emirates, and reflecting about the "increasingly vaporous landscapes of our homes, habitats, societies and nations."

In our Photo Tour we would like to provide impressions of the atmosphere, the exhibition spaces, and some artworks of the 7th Sharjah Biennial. According to the focus of our project "Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art", we concentrate above all on the participants from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Whoever wants to know more will find presentations of all artists on the extensive website of the Sharjah Biennial.


Joumana Abboud

Ebtisam Abdulaziz

Tarek Al-Ghoussein

"Leyla Al Mutannakker"

Terry Atkinson

Maja Bajevic

Mohamed El Baz

Ursula Biemann

Luchezar Boyadjiev

Sonia Boyce

Christoph Buchel & Giovanni Carmine

Miguel Calderón

Phil Collins

Com & Com

Claude Closky

Minerva Cuevas

Zeyad Dajani

Pio Diaz

Solvej Dufour Andersen

Rineke Djikstra

Heri Dono

Roza El-Hassan

Fouad ElKhoury

Anne-Marie Filaire

Carlos Garaicoa


Rula Halawani

Karin Hanssen

Dirk Herzog


Emily Jacir

Mohammed Kazem

San Keller

Chris Kienke

Anna Kleberg

Miodrag Krkobabic

Nestor Kruger

Marcia Kure

Tim Lee

Zoe Leonard

Erik van Lieshout

Nalini Malani

Tracy Moffat

Ingrid Mwangi

Moataz Nasr

Olaf Nicolai

Otobong Nkanga

Marcel Odenbach

Mark Pilkington

Marwan Rechmaoui

Mario Rizzi

Natascha Sadr-Haghighian

Huda Saeed

Jayce Salloum

Allan Sekula

Shirana Shahbazi

Solmaz Shahbazi

Hassan Sharif

Suha Shoman

Santiago Sierra

Peter Stoffel

Beat Streuli

Nedko Solakov

Vivan Sundaram

Nadine Touma

Kelley Walker

Nari Ward

Yang Fudong

Carey Young

Yu Hong


Tags: Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Maja Bajevic, Ursula Biemann, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Sonia Boyce, Christoph Büchel, Miguel Calderón, Claude Closky, Phil Collins, Com & Com, Minerva Cuevas, Heri Dono, Róza El-Hassan, Yang Fudong, Carlos Garaicoa, Ghazel, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, IRWIN, Emily Jacir, Mohammed Kazem, San Keller, Anna Kleberg, Tim Lee, Zoe Leonard, Erik van Lieshout, Ken Lum, Nalini Malani, Marwan, Moataz Nasr, Olaf Nicolai, Otobong Nkanga, Marcel Odenbach, Marwan Rechmaoui, Mario Rizzi, Allan Sekula, Shirana Shahbazi, Hassan Sharif, Santiago Sierra, Nedko Solakov, Beat Streuli, Vivan Sundaram, Kelley Walker, Nari Ward, Carey Young