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With art in the Age Of Anxiety, Sharjah Foundation reopens

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Art in the Age of Anxiety, 2020. Installation view: Sharjah Art Foundation PHOTO: DANKO STJEPANOVIC

After months of a break as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF), UAE,has reopened in select venues across the city of Sharjah.

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 of UAE government authorities.

Reopening started on June 26 with the foundation’s current show, 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 any of the venues, visitors are encouraged to make reservations. Both venues will be opened 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 show in the Middle East to date, Art in the Age of Anxiety continues till September 26, 2020, at Galleries 1, 2 and 3, Al Mureijah Art Spaces, Al Mureijah Square.

The show, which is about art in the age of the Internet, brings together over 30 contemporary artists and art collectives from across the world. The show provides participants window to explore the way devices, technologies and digital networks have altered people’s collective consciousness.

Guests interested in visiting the show are advised to book for an 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 show, which also opened on the same day at Al Majarrah Park, is a permanent installation by Random International.

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 SAF Online.”


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