Yasmine El Rashidi

  • Mona Saudi

    International attention came somewhat late in life for Jordanian-born sculptor Mona Saudi, who defied family wishes when she left for Beirut in 1963 at age seventeen. One year later, she used money from works sold at a café to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Saudi occupies a central place among the pioneering modernist artists of her region’s generation, not only due to the quality of her work, but also because she is one of the few female sculptors to emerge from the Arab world. Featuring rocks from her travels, Saudi’s

  • Sharjah Biennial 12

    THERE’S A HOT SOUTHERN WIND that blows across North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula each year, carrying particles of fine sand that, in a passing moment, coat everything. The horizon clouds into a haze, and as the sands settle, cities change by varying gradations of color. Perspective is altered. In towering, futuristic, neon-flashing emirates such as Dubai, the change feels extreme. But in low-lying Sharjah, the transmutations are of a more subtle kind. Like the positions of the sun, or the light sensitivity of a particular generation of Flemish painters, these slight variations in palette