Sharjah Art Foundation displays : Lubaina Himid & Magda Stawarska tell an interesting story
Iranart : the presence of 2 female artists in Al Mureijah Square and the beautiful and pristine buildings. This exhibition opened features Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi.
Lubaina Himid & Magda Stawarska artworks are Galleries 1, 2, 3 and all attendant courtyards. Plaited Time / Deep Water is the name of exhibition that curated by Dr Omar Kholeif.
Plaited Time / Deep Water continues till 28th of January 2024.
Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi written in part of exhibition’s catalog: Plaited Time / Deep Water, a two-person survey conceived in collaboration with the artist Magda Stawarska. Anchored around Himid's and Stawarska's reimagining of the seminal installation Zanzibar (1999-2023), the exhibition consists of commissioned works as well as historic examples from the artists' practice. The show unfolds across the courtyards and galleries of Al Mureijah Square to explore journeys of return and longing, while rooting itself in Sharjah's rich topography, architecture and proximity to the sea.
It is an honour for Sharjah Art Foundation to be able to present the first institutional exhibition of Lubaina Himid and Magda Stawarska in the Afro-Asian region.
Lubaina Himid Artist, curator and educator has carved a unique path in art by challenging the boundaries of painting and expanding its possibilities. Her work breathes life through imagined figures, animated in everyday objects such as carts, drawers and doors or in painted interiors and seascapes. These meticulously crafted scenes invite viewers into the hidden realms and existences of individuals overlooked by official historical narratives.
Magda Stawarska For nearly two decades, the Polish-born UK-based artist she has explored the threshold of memory, the sanctioned shape of history and the active experience of listening. Through sound and performance, moving image, photography, painting and printmaking, she unfolds overlooked and contested narratives of the past through her practice of 'inner listening'.
Part of the statements Dr Omar Kholeif curator of exhibition : Plaited Time / Deep Water unfolds in the galleries and courtyards of Al Mureijah Square much like a series of letters exchanged between two people who have generously invited us into their conversation. Himid and Stawarska's first major institutional show of their collaborative practice has been conceived in dialogue with Sharjah's changing light, architecture and climate. It can be regarded as an assembly of etchings that build into an epic history painting. A congregation of collaborators who find confluence in movement, travel and the prospective possibility of starting again. Like a treasured book of poetry, it is an exhibition to be experienced very slowly, then quickly, and slowly again.