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Sharjah Biennial announces curators for the 16th edition

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(left to right) Natasha Ginwala. Photography by Victoria Tomaschko | Amal Khalaf. Photography by Christa Holka | Zeynep Öz. Photography by Öykü Çakar-Smith | Alia Swastika. Photography by Yudha Kusum| Megan Tamati-Quennell. Photography by Ola Thorsen, US Embassy New Zealand. Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Art Foundation has announced the curators for the 16th edition will be Natasha Ginwala, artistic director of COLOMBOSCOPE, Colombo, and associate curator at large at Gropius Bau, Berlin; Amal Khalaf, director of programmes at Cubitt, London, and civic curator at the Serpentine Galleries, London; Zeynep Öz, an independent curator, Istanbul and New York; Alia Swastika, director of the Biennale Jogja Foundation, Yogyakarta and Megan Tamati-Quennell, New Zealand–based curator of modern and contemporary Māori and Indigenous art.

Through a decentralised approach, the five curators will organise unique yet connected projects which aims to represent diverse global perspectives through contemporary art. Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation notes that “Each of these leading curators has worked relentlessly to advance scholarship and practice in their local contexts as well as internationally. Sharjah Biennial 16 will offer the opportunity to witness their ideas in conversation, culminating in a truly polyphonic examination of contemporary art and cultural practice.’

Sharjah Biennial 16 runs from February through June 2025. Additional details will be announced in the coming months.

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