We doubt any of you are strangers to the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF). If you are, here is a rundown on what they're up to. In the cultural capital of the nation, Sharjah, SAF is a front runner in bringing contemporary art and cultural programmes to the community. Their activities range from organising the Sharjah biennale, the annual March Meeting, residencies, production grants, commissions, exhibitions, research, publications, education and public programmes. Sharjah Art Foundation, funded by the Department of Culture and Information, Government of Sharjah, promotes public learning and a participatory approach to art.
This brings us to their latest art project, called 'do it'. This initiative aims to make art more accessible and relatable to the community. Even people with no prior experience with art can participate. How you can do that is by 'activating' a collection of instructions written by more than 60 regional artists. Co-curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director Hoor Al Qasimi and Serpentine Gallery co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it is a new iteration of the ongoing do it publication and exhibition project originally founded and curated by Obrist in 1993. You can go as an individual or as a team/ group to activate these instructions. It opened on 23rd January 2016 and runs until 23rd April 2016. It is in its final stage of their stint in Sharjah and we highly recommend you visit it and participate.
The best time to visit would be on one of the 'Open days' organised by SAF. The next one happens to be this weekend, 16th April 2016. Later that evening, they also have a film screening of 'Around the Pink House' at their amazing screening space, Mirage City Cinema at the SAF art spaces.
We as The Tryptic Note, decided to activate the instructions written by the Palestinian artist, Hazem Harb. Harb deals with a number of core issues including war, loss, trauma, human vulnerability and global instability. These aspects of his work are reflected in his instructions as well. He asks the participant to study a building that is both important and marginalised or on the verge of collapse. Using photography and sketching, he asks the participant to recreate the same building to reveal its beauty and potential to the world. It attempts to throw light at issues such as identity, gentrification, heritage etc. Find our activations below.
In a society that is obsessed with consuming art, there are very few chances to participate to create art. SAF provides us with the perfect opportunity to participate. Lets make the most of it.
Mosque in Al Rams, Ras Al Khaimah
Abandoned residence in Jazirat al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah