SHARJAH, 20th September, 2022 (WAM) — President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) Hoor Al Qasimi today announced the establishment of a performance division, cementing the Foundation’s longstanding commitment to providing a platform for multidisciplinary performance practices and the diverse communities they engage.
Led by Tarek Abou El Fetouh, the Foundation’s Director of Performance and Senior Curator, the Sharjah Art Foundation Performance Department will organise and present commissions, co-productions, touring projects, residencies, and site-specific projects in public spaces and venues across Sharjah in seasonal programmes.
The Performance Department invites local, regional and international artists to participate in ongoing residencies, during which they rehearse and produce commissioned performances and site-specific projects to take place in various venues, streets, squares, and unconventional spaces across Sharjah. Projects are developed for and in collaboration with diverse communities in Sharjah and designed to engage with them in all possible ways.
Through workshops, talks, and educational programmes, created with local partners, including the Sharjah Theatre Department and Sharjah Performing Arts Academy, the programme will offer participants from the UAE and the wider Gulf region opportunities to learn with a wide range of international artists working in theatre and performance.
“Performance has always been integral to the Foundation’s programming. Over the years, our use of unconventional and public performance spaces has demonstrated how this medium can create memorable experiences that engage the communities of Sharjah and the UAE,” said Al Qasimi. “We are delighted to welcome Tarek Abou El Fetouh as the Director of this new dedicated department that formalises and expands our commitment to the dynamic medium of performance. As a longtime collaborator of the Foundation, he brings to his role profound expertise and a deep understanding of both the local and global contexts in which the Foundation works.”
Abou El Fetouh has more than 20 years of curatorial and production experience, including curating significant festivals, exhibitions, and productions across Asia, Africa and Europe. He has been collaborating with SAF since 2009 as one of the curators of Sharjah Biennial 9 with a programme titled Past of the Coming Days, and curator of the exhibition The Time is Out of Joint (2016). He has also participated in numerous iterations of the March Meeting, the Foundation’s annual convening.
“I am very happy and honored to have begun a new chapter in my work with the Foundation, one of the most important and influential institutions presenting and producing contemporary art in the region and the world today,” said Abou El Fetouh.
Sharjah Art Foundation is an advocate, catalyst and producer of contemporary art within the Emirate of Sharjah and the surrounding region, in dialogue with the international arts community.