The Sharjah Art Foundation presents two exhibitions of newly acquired and rarely seen works from its collection.
Organized by the director of the Hoor Al Qasimi Foundation, each exhibition – titled “Rain forever will be made of bullets” and “When I count, it’s only you …” – takes its name and central theme of an exhibited work, honoring the artists and their collective vision.
Taking its title from a work by Simone Fattal, “The Rain Forever Will be Made of Bullets” brings together works focused on the struggles and wars that took place in the artists’ respective countries of origin.
Previously exhibited works by Etel Adnan, Simone Fattal and Lala Rukh join a selection of newly acquired sculptures and works on paper by Chaouki Choukini. From epic legends to personal memories, artists draw on a variety of sources to inspire their work and turn conflict into creativity.
‘When I Count There Are Only You…’ examines the role of artists in society by revealing the most intimate and personal details of their inner thoughts, thus leaving themselves open to public interpretation. Artists transform iconic works of art and everyday objects to offer audiences new perspectives on the world around them.
The exhibition features works by Farhad Moshiri, Farideh Lashai, Iman Issa, Mandy El Sayegh, Nari Ward, Prajakta Potnis, Rabih Mroué and Rasheed Araeen.
Both exhibitions are currently on display in the Foundation’s Al Mureijah art spaces until October 1, 2021, and include works from past exhibitions, commissions from the Sharjah Biennale and recent acquisitions.
Also on view is Remain Calm: Solitude and Connectivity in Japanese Architecture, the third edition of Sharjapan, a four-year exhibition series curated by Yuko Hasegawa for the Sharjah Art Foundation.
A scale model of Sen no Riky’s 13th-century Tai-an tea house serves as the starting point for this investigative exhibition showcasing the work of emerging and established Japanese architects who explore the relationship between natural and built environments.
Remain Calm examines modern and contemporary architecture in Japan, exploring ideas that resonate powerfully when the pandemic made staying at home the ‘new normal’, while disrupting individual connectivity with an outside world that both feels loaded with challenges and possibilities.
In addition to these exhibits, visitors can explore the Flying Saucer Emblem, renovated by the Foundation to serve as a community center and resource.
Interactive facilities are also featured, including the Rain Room Sharjah, which allows visitors to enjoy the rain without getting wet. For those who enjoy the creative process, everyone from children to adults can participate in workshops and public programs that coincide with the Foundation’s ninth annual photography initiative, Vantage Point Sharjah. For more information and to book your visit, visit www.sharjahart.org.