Sharjah Biennial

Sharjah Biennial 2007

04 Apr - 04 Jun 2007

8th Sharjah Biennial
Still Life
Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change
4 April - 4 June 2007

Hoor Al Qasimi

Artistic director:
Jack Persekian

Mohammed Kazem
Eva Scharrer
Jonathan Watkins

Still Life
Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change

The 8th Sharjah Biennial is the third edition directed by Hoor Al Qasimi. In 2002 she was able to assert essential changes in the concept of the Biennial, which exists since 1993. For the second time, she works together with Jack Persekian as artistic director. The curatorial team presently supporting them includes the Dubai based artist Mohammed Kazem, who participated in several previous Sharjah Biennials, the Swiss curator and critic Eva Scharrer as well as Jonathan Watkins, who since 1999 is the art director of the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Great Britain.

This year’s theme is by far not a novel one, but en vogue again. The organizers propose to view "art as a way of creating a better understanding about our relationship with nature and the environment, whilst considering its social, political and cultural dimensions in an interdisciplinary way." Furthermore, the official communiqués state that this position is not a judgmental exercise on how people ought to live, but a general statement of concern in "the light of contemporary culture" in its broadest sense. The 8th Sharjah Biennial aims to be both a "celebration of the natural world and a response to the countless alarms being set off as a result of human thoughtlessness." Simultaneously, one is aware of the fact that one is part of the problem – as a participant of the consumer society and of the global art jet-setting community, as well as by conducting the Biennial in a country with an enormous energy consumption.


Ignasi Aballi

Lida Abdul

Jennifer Allora &
Guillermo Calzadilla

Lara Almárcegui

El Anatsui

Roy Arden

Vladimir Arkhipov

Mireille Astore

Lara Baladi

Noor Al-Bastaki

Taysir Batniji

Marjolijn Dijkman

Muratbek Djumaliev &
Gulnara Kasmalieva

Bright Ugochukwu Eke

Sophie Elbaz


Touhami Ennadre

Mounir Fatmi

Peter Fend

Franz Gertsch

Abdulnasser Gharem

Simryn Gill

Tue Greenfort

Group Tuesday

Graham Gussin

Khaled Hafez

Henrik Håkansson

Annie Anawana Haloba

Mona Hatoum

Susan Hefuna

Uschi Huber

Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim

Alfredo Jaar

Marya Kazoun

Amal Kenawy

Leopold Kessler

Suchan Kinoshita

Joachim Koester

Christina Kubisch

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Deborah Ligorio

Claudia Losi

Lutz & Guggisberg

Abdul Rahman Al Ma'aini

Tea Mäkipää

Hassan Meer

Gustav Metzger

Mind Bomb

Abdul Rahman Al Ma'aini

Maha Mustafa

Jesús "Bubu" Negrón

Jacques Nimki

Cornelia Parker

Pablo Patrucco

Dan Perjovschi

Dan Peterman

Marjetica Potrc

Michael Rakowitz

Noguchi Rika

Budoor Al Riyami

Raeda Saadeh

Abdullah Al Saadi

Huda Saeed Saif

Michael Sailstorfer

Tomás Saraceno

Zineb Sedira

Anas Al-Shaikh

Ranjani Shettar

SOI Project

Samir Srouji

Simon Starling

Gerda Steiner &
Jörg Lenzlinger

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Sergio Vega

Luca Vitone

Shatha Al-Wadi

Camille Zakharia

Ahmed Mater Al-Ziad

Tags: Ignasi Aballí, Lida Abdul, Lara Almárcegui, El Anatsui, Roy Arden, Lara Baladi, Taysir Batniji, e-Xplo, Mounir Fatmi, Peter Fend, Franz Gertsch, Abdulnasser Gharem, Simryn Gill, Tue Greenfort, Lutz & Guggisberg, Graham Gussin, Khaled Hafez, Henrik Hakansson, Anawana Haloba, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hefuna, Alfredo Jaar, Mohammed Kazem, Amal Kenawy, Leopold Kessler, Suchan Kinoshita, Joachim Koester, Christina Kubisch, Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Deborah Ligorio, Claudia Losi, Ahmed Mater, Gustav Metzger, Cornelia Parker, Dan Perjovschi, Dan Peterman, Marjetica Potrc, Michael Rakowitz, Noguchi Rika, Abdullah al Saadi, Michael Sailstorfer, Tomás Saraceno, Zineb Sedira, Museo Aero Solar, Simon Starling, A.L. Steiner, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Sergio Vega, Luca Vitone