The Sharjah Cricket Stadium was built in 1981 by an Emirati entrepreneur upon his return home from studying in Pakistan. It grew through the 1980s and 1990s into one of the most prominent neutral venues for major international matches. In the following years its reputation receded and it was left to live on in the presence of its own past.
In 2010 it was donated to the national cricket team of Afghanistan and named their home ground. In the accumulation of these events, the stadium extends itself through references to other locations. A piece of Afghani land comes to cover a cricket pitch in Sharjah, a section of a stadium packs up and moves to a museum and the area of a cricket pitch gives itself out in one square foot units of white paint.
This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 10
Home on Neutral GroundHome on Neutral Ground: a project in three parts
2-Channel HD video, colour, surround sound
Steel, MDF, wheels, chalk
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Photo by Alfredo Rubio