The Arab-speaking world has brought together 119 artists for the region's largest art show, The Sharjah Biennial. If I could get on the next plane to the United Arab Emirates to see this show, I would.
Here is an excerpt from their site about the show:
The 10th Sharjah Biennial will unfold in a range of spaces within the Arts and Heritage Areas of Sharjah.
Plot for a Biennial is the title for the 10th Sharjah Biennial, which opens on March 16, 2011. Curated by Suzanne Cotter and Rasha Salti with Associate Curator Haig Aivazian, the Biennial will present new and specially commissioned works by contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and performers from across the region and internationally.
The Biennial includes the work of more than 90 artists, filmmakers, choreographers, writers, publishers and musicians, working individually and collaboratively, from Afghanistan, Algeria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, England France, Germany, Iran, Ireland, India, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Palestine, Lebanon, Pakistan, Poland, Syria, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and the US.
Plot for a Biennial takes as its curatorial narrative the idea of a treatment for film, ‘scripted’ around a constellation of keywords that include Treason, Necessity, Insurrection, Affiliation, Corruption, Devotion, Disclosure, Translation. These terms operate as motifs and serve to frame explorations in both subject matter and aesthetic positions.