The past, the present, the possible

Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible (SB12) will open on March 5, 2015 and will be on view through June 5, 2015. SB12 began to take shape in a private conversation between artist Danh Vo and curator Eungie Joo in early 2013. Together they discussed the relevance of contemporary art and the potential of artistic positions to imagine something beyond current states of social and political confinement-and the need for artists to play active roles in imagining the possible.

While archaeological research confirms the presence of humans in this region over 150,000 years ago, Sharjah – as a city, an emirate and a member of a relatively young federation – is still in the process of imagining itself through education, culture, religion, heritage and science. SB12 will invite more than fifty artists and cultural practitioners from approximately twenty-five countries to participate in this process by introducing their ideas of the possible through their art and work.

SB12 will be on view from March 5 – June 5, 2015, with opening events taking place March 5 – 7. A vital component of Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual programming, March Meeting 2015 will take place May 11 – 15. SB12 will also feature a monthly talks series in Sharjah beginning in September 2014.

Curator: Eungie Joo

Eungie Joo has been appointed as Curator of Sharjah Biennial 12 (SB12). Joo was Director of Art and Cultural Programs at Instituto Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brasil, and previously served as Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.