Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art

7th Sharjah Biennial
6 April - 6 June 2005


7th Sharjah Biennial 2005 / photo tour

Photo tour 

40 artists, mounting, opening, spaces

7th Sharjah International Biennial

Sharjah Art Museum

Expo Centre



The 7th edition of the Sharjah Biennial consolidated the renewal process of the event, which began two years ago. Hoor Al Qasimi took over the biennial's direction in 2002 to open it up to new art practices and to start up a "new era for contemporary art in the Gulf."

Already the 6th Sharjah Biennial was characterized by this intention, and by an exciting atmosphere of a new beginning. While at that time a lot of things still had to be improvised, this year's edition is much more concentrated and professional in its organization, and undoubtedly stands up to the comparison with the established highlights of the international art scene.

The theme of the 7th Sharjah Biennial, conceived by Jack Persekian together with the two co-curators and organizers, revolves around the issue of "Belonging". The selected and specially commissioned artworks refer to "persistent questions of belonging and unbelonging in a context of change," addressing the fast developments in the Emirates, and reflecting about the "increasingly vaporous landscapes of our homes, habitats, societies and nations."

In our Photo Tour we would like to provide impressions of the atmosphere, the exhibition spaces, and some artworks of the 7th Sharjah Biennial. According to the focus of our project "Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art", we concentrate above all on the participants from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Whoever wants to know more will find presentations of all artists on the extensive website of the Sharjah Biennial.

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6 April - 6 June 2005

Hoor Al Qasimi

Curator: Jack Persekian

Co-curators: Ken Lum and Tirdad Zolghadr

General coordinator:
Hisham Al-Madhloum

Biennial coordinator:
Mahita El Bacha Urieta

List of artists
aprox. 70 artists

Dates and facts
Overview of information

updated: 1 March 2005

2nd press release
February 2005

1st press release
December 2004

Presse contact

Official Website
of the Biennial

Impressions of Sharjah

of Sharjah

Photos by students of the School of Architecture and Design of the American University of Sharjah

Art Destination Sharjah
An orientation guide to discover Sharjah as a center of contemporary art with a rich cultural heritage: Museums, art spaces, art walks & tours, regular exhibitions and events, etc.

13th Sharjah Biennial, 2017
March - June 2017. Curator: Christine Tohmé. President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation: Hoor Al Qasimi.

12th Sharjah Biennial, 2015
5 March - 5 June 2015. Curator: Eungie Joo. President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation: Hoor Al Qasimi.

11th Sharjah Biennial, 2013
13 March - 13 May 2013. Title: Re:emerge - Towards a New Cultural Cartography. Curator: Yuko Hasegawa. Director: Hoor Al Qasimi.

10th Sharjah Biennial, 2011
16 March - 16 May 2011. Theme: Plot for a Biennial. Director: Hoor Al Qasimi. Artistic director: Jack Persekian. Curators: Suzanne Cotter, Rasha Salti. Associate curator: Haig Aivazian.

9th Sharjah Biennial, 2009
19 March - 16 May 2009. Theme: Provisions for the Future. Director: Hoor Al Qasimi. Artistic director: Jack Persekian. Curator, exhibition: Isabel Carlos. Curator, performance and film: Tarek Abou El Fetouh.

8th Sharjah Biennial, 2007
4 April - 4 June 2007. Theme: Still Life. Director: Hoor Al Qasimi. Artistic director: Jack Persekian. Curators: Mohammed Kazem, Eva Scharrer, Jonathan Watkins.

6th Sharjah Biennial, 2003
8 April - 8 May 2003. Focus on new art practices. Director: Hoor Al Qasimi. Curator: Peter Lewis.


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