Saturday, 27 June 2020

Over 30 artists converged on Sharjah for Art in the Age of Anxiety

Art in the Age of Anxiety, 2020. Installation view: Sharjah Art Foundation. Photo: Danko Stjepanovic
After over three months of break, in the wake of curtailing spread of COVID-19 pandemic, Sharjah Art Foundation  (SAF), in UAE has reopened for select venues.

In a statement, SAF assured that for the safety and well-being of its staff, visitors and community, the organisation has established a range of new health protocols in line with the recommendations set by UAE government authorities. Among other measures, it said, include enhanced disinfection and cleaning schedules and standards, reduced visitor capacity, temperature checks for staff and visitors, and a no-touch viewing experience throughout all open venues.

Reopening started on June 26 with the Foundation’s current exhibition titled Art in the Age of Anxiety, which featured over 30 international participants.  Also,  its permanent installation, Rain Room Sharjah is part of the reopening.

To visit either venue, visitors are encouraged to book a reservation in advance. Both venues will be open to the public from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday to Thursday, and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday.

Described as the most ambitious exhibition in the Middle East to date, Art in the Age of Anxiety continues, ending September 26, 2020 at Galleries 1, 2 and 3, Al Mureijah Art Spaces, Al Mureijah Square..The exhibition is about art in the age of the internet, converging over 30 international contemporary artists and art collectives..The show provides participants window to explore the way everyday devices, technologies and digital networks have altered people's collective consciousness.
 Guests interested in visiting the exhibition are advised to book dor available slot. "Each slot will allow for limited visitor capacity in adherence to recommended social distancing guidelines, and viewings will be limited to 45 minutes."

The SAF's Rain Room Sharjah exhibition, which also opened June 26, 2020 at Al Majarrah Park is a permanent installation by Random International. It invites visitors to walk through a room of pouring rain without getting wet. Viewings will be limited to five guests per booking in adherence to recommended social distancing guidelines.

SAF explained that while its venues and spaces gradually reopen, the organisation "will continue to provide a range of digital programming—including learning resources and publications, online workshops, talks and performances from artists and curators, and screenings of award-winning films—through its web portal.
 To visit the exhibitions, contact: SAF ONLINE.


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