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SHARJAH

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Sharjah Biennial 13

Tamawuj: Act I

MARIANA CASTILLO DEBALLHypothesis of a Tree2016, Bamboo structure, rubbings on Japanese paper and sumi ink, dimensions variable.

Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation.

Biennials frequently appear at odds with themselves, torn between static formats of display and the ever-evolving discourses they enable. Within Sharjah Biennial 13’s (SB13) yearlong program—with projects in five citiesorganized according to four thematic keywords—the portion that took place in Sharjah (“Act I”) represented conversations in progress. Curator Christine Tohmé titled the Biennial “Tamawuj,” an Arabic word that…

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