Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible

5 March - 5 June, 2015

Beginning with March Meeting 2014 and continuing through March Meeting 2015 (11–15 May, 2015), Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible (SB12) invites over fifty artists and cultural practitioners from over twenty-five countries to introduce their ideas of the possible through their art and work. The exhibition takes place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, crossing the emirate to sites in and around the city as well as in the city of Kalba on the Gulf of Oman. Over two-thirds of participating artists presented new works and commissions.

Programming for SB12 includes monthly lectures and workshops in various locations around Sharjah from September 2014 to February 2015. All presentations will take place at Sharjah Art Foundation unless otherwise noted.

Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible is conceived by Eungie Joo with associate curator, Ryan Inouye.

Sharjah Biennial is organised by Sharjah Art Foundation.

Visit Kalba Ice Factory to see the site-specific installation Planetarium

A formerly abandoned ice factory located on the East Coast of the Emirate of Sharjah, Kalba Ice Factory is now a Sharjah Biennial venue for Planetarium (2015), a major installation work by artist Adrián Villar Rojas. Rojas practice is marked by large-scale, site-specific interventions that reflect his fascination with battling ecosystems, physical decay, unlikely rebirth and man’s interference in it all. The artist and his team worked together for two months to develop this massive installation of new works.
Buses depart from SAF Art Spaces to the factory every Saturday at 11:00 am and return at 4:00 pm
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Adrián Villar Rojas, Planetarium, 2015, commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Photo by Deema Shahin

SB12 Monthly Talks — Creative Movement Workshop with Papy Ebotani

SB12 artist Papy Ebotani gave a Creative Movement workshop on 9 March as part of the SB12 Monthly Talk series. The workshop was open to participants with a background in dance, choreography or theatre arts.

Sharjah Biennial 12

Opening Programme

SB12 Opening Programme featured a range of events including Performances, Film Screenings and Tours.

Various Sharjah Biennial 12 sites, Sharjah, UAE

Professional and Press Accreditation & Registration

While most events during the Biennial are free of charge and open to the public, for access to all events, notification of schedule changes and special invitations, please send your name, professional details and contact information to

Sharjah Biennial Archive

The first Sharjah Biennial was held in 1993. Here you can find archives from past Biennials. We will continue to work to create pages for each of the past editions.

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