notes from a biennial -appendix [ii] in conversation with aisha khalid

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Aisha Khalid & I

by Guy Mannes-Abbott

Conversation at Sharjah Art Museum Sharjah UEA March 2011

Guy Mannes-Abbott [gma]

Let’s begin with your piece hanging in the entrance foyer of the Sharjah Art museum, Kashmiri Shawl [2011]?

Aisha Khalid [ak]

There is a whole story behind this piece I did, this shawl. Continue reading “notes from a biennial -appendix [ii] in conversation with aisha khalid”

notes from a biennial, appendix [i] in conversation with CAMP

CAMP-Al-Jaar-Qabla-al-Daar The People From The Family of Abu Saoud Were Kicked Out [Ph. Guy Mannes-Abbott]

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CAMP & I

by Guy Mannes-Abbott

Conversation with Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran [CAMP] March 2011 Sharjah, UAE

Guy Mannes-Abbott [gma]

Tell me a little about your background and approach.

Shaina [Anand]

Broadly speaking my background is film. Actually documentary practice, and a lot of what we do as CAMP as well -Ashok’s background is architecture and “new media”… Continue reading “notes from a biennial, appendix [i] in conversation with CAMP”

sharjah biennial 10, petition update

I’m ‘hosting’ this update because I want to support all those who made Sharjah Biennial 10 such a particularly special, even unique event across a wide range of activities and forms.

I’m framing it because these are not my own words, however close I might feel to their plea. I understand and sympathise with the dismay and indignation as well as the urgent hopes expressed that some transparency about what happened, an articulation or plausible narrative will emerge soon. Often The How is as important as The What -something which an unrelated campaign I’m involved in at home in London reiterates strongly.

Credibility is everything; very hard to achieve, impossible to fake, priceless to possess, lost very quickly -and then really hard to recover if at all…

PR, on the other hand…

[continued below…]

[ENGLISH] Dear friends and colleagues,

Following the abrupt dismissal of Sharjah Art Foundation’s Director, Mr. Jack Persekian Continue reading “sharjah biennial 10, petition update”

notes from a biennial – on reflection

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Notes from a Biennial – On Reflection

21.03.2011, 12:01

by Guy Mannes-Abbott

The opening week of this year’s Biennial was very intense; promising and delivering much. I’m glad I had early access to it all, could play that off repeated circuits and discrete returns, along with mini wanders with various artists and writers, old and new friends, listen to other’s highlights, tips, and ‘zoom’ in and out of the city, region and world in the process.

I was invited as a writer to write critically and I would fail the Biennial as much as myself if I did otherwise. I’m a demanding judge or at least have very high thresholds and am not biddable! Yet Sharjah Biennial 10 has been a triumph for all those involved. It took big risks Continue reading “notes from a biennial – on reflection”