Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual convening of artists, curators and art practitioners exploring critical issues in contemporary art, returns for its 14th edition online and on-site from 5 to 7 March 2022.

March Meeting 2022 (MM 2022): The Afterlives of the Postcolonial will examine the legacies of colonialism and the contemporary impacts of related issues on cultural, aesthetic and artistic practices around the world. The three-day programme will convene key voices in art and academia to discuss contemporary art and issues through a postcolonial lens, spanning a wide range of topics, including racism, settler colonialism, apartheid, social movements, including Black Lives Matter, indigenous rights, climate change and the restitution and repatriation of looted artefacts.

This year’s edition will build on the theme of March Meeting 2021: Unravelling the Present as well as engage the theoretical framework of Sharjah Biennial 15 (SB15): Thinking Historically in the Present laid out by the late Okwui Enwezor (1963–2019). SB15 is being curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, in collaboration with the SB15 Working Group and Advisory Committee.

MM 2022 will coincide with solo exhibitions by pioneering contemporary artists from the MEASA region, including What is not, a presentation of significant works by Khalil Rabah; Passages through Passages, a cross-section of key works created by artist studio CAMP (Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran) between 2006 and 2020; and The Sonic Image, Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s largest institutional solo exhibition to date. The Foundation is also partnering with other Sharjah institutions to realise major retrospectives, for the artist Aref El Rayess (1928–2005), organised in collaboration with Sharjah Museums Authority, and Ghana-based photographer Gerald Annan-Forson, organised in collaboration with The Africa Institute.

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