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Sharjah Biennial Gives 

UAE Culture Boom Eco-focus

BY Jessica Kraft

•Henrik Hakansson, July 20 2004 (Pieris napi), 2005, 35 mm film mounted on loop, 1'20". 

Installation view at Galleria Franco Noero, Torino. Courtesy the artist.

Visitors to Sharjah Biennial 8 (SB8) are confronted by provocative questions and openly-acknowledged contradictions at what is billed as the "largest art event in the Arab world;' which opened this April and continues through June 4. The biennial, backed by Sharjah's Department of Culture and Information, began in 1993 with the aim of encouraging contacts among artists, institutions and organizations…

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