Marjetica Potrč, Barefoot College Case Study #3, 2005 marker on paper.


Sharjah Biennial 8

Various Venues
Sharjah United Arab Emirates
April 4–June 4, 2007

Curated by Mohammed Kazem, Jack Persekian, Eva Scharrer, and Jonathan Watkins

Although Jack Persekian has managed to keep an experimental art space afloat in East Jerusalem for years, his street smarts face a formidable new challenge in his role as artistic director for the Sharjah Biennial 8, titled “Still Life: Art, Ecology, and the Politics of Change.” He—along with co-curators Mohammed Kazem, Eva Scharrer, and Jonathan Watkins—will have to find a way to negotiate the cheerfulness of hydroponic gardens and the cynicism of ecotourism in a place 90 percent desert, with dwindling oil assets and with combat zones in several directions. Fortunately, artists Dan Peterman, Michael Rakowitz, Marjetica Potrc, Alfredo Jaar, and Mona Hatoum, and critics Rasha Salti, Gustavo Esteva, and Trevor Smith, among others, will help him acidify SB8’s pH.