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  • Sharjah Biennial 10

    Sharjah Biennial
    Multiple locations
    March 16–May 16

    Curated by Suzanne Cotter and Rasha Salti with Haig Aivazian

    The Sharjah Biennial is a strange bird. It began as a local, folkloric affair, then tacked to become a generically international event. Then it tacked again to become a regional powerhouse and an incubator for new work and noncommercial practice. Where it will go next is anyone’s guess. The tenth edition, dubbed “Plot for a Biennial,” is conceived as a film treatment and arranged around words such as treason, insurrection, corruption, and devotion. Proposing a series of scripted encounters in sites throughout the city, the show invites the public to either play along or disobey. With more than a hundred artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, choreographers, and performers on board, expect the full gamut—films, concerts, trading cards, books in at least six languages, and an update to a nonexistent encyclopedia.