Sharjah Art Foundation Presents Surface Tension


Group show includes works by

Mohammad Al Faraj, Minam Apang, Dale Harding, Mire Lee, Randa Maroufi and Dala Nasser

What if there is more to ‘surface’ than meets the eye? Although the notion of surface can conjure associations with the inconsequential or the everyday, the slick or the superficial, the works in this exhibition play on these associations in order to elaborate on knowledge, relationships and informal gestures that yield aesthetic insight or meaningful social innovation.

This summer, Sharjah Art Foundation presents Surface Tension, a group exhibition that explores ‘surface’ as a dynamic interface between artists and their surroundings.

Running through 7 September 2019, the show features works in video, painting, drawing and sculpture by artists Mohammad Al Faraj, Minam Apang, Dale Harding, Mire Lee, Randa Maroufi and Dala Nasser. In Surface Tension, the artists foreground synthetic materials and formal artifice in order to engage deeply with their surroundings and explore new dimensions of collective experience.

Surface Tension is free to attend. For more information, click here.

Also on view this summer at the foundation are two additional shows; a solo exhibition of the works of painter Andrew Stahl will run through 10 September 2019, while the seventh edition of the annual photography exhibition Vantage Point Sharjah will run through 6 October 2019. Click here to learn more about Sharjah Art Foundation’s upcoming exhibitions, all of which are free and open to the public.

About Mohammad Al Faraj

As an artist and freelance filmmaker, Mohammad Al Faraj’s practice often reflects a collaborative ethos that moves seamlessly across various platforms, which include television, social media channels and visual art institutions.

Al Faraj’s work has been featured in Dubai Film Festival, Dubai (2014); Saudi Film Festival, Damam, Saudi Arabia (2015); Jeddah Arts 21,39, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2017). The artist has also participated in a group exhibition at Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2018). He was awarded with first place for his documentary Lost within the student category at the Saudi Film Festival, Damam, Saudi Arabia (2015).

Al Faraj graduated from the King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals with a BA in Applied Mechanical Engineering. Born in 1993 in Al Hassa, Saudi Arabia, he lives and works in Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia.

About Minam Apang

For Minam Apang, drawing is a way of renewing relationships with her surroundings as well as a method of mining memory and the fluid space of imagination.

Apang’s solo exhibitions include Drawing Phantoms: Recent Works (2017), Recent Drawings: Moon Mirrors Mountains (2015) and Death in a Rainforest (2011), all at the Chatterjee & Lal Gallery, Mumbai. Her work has also been shown in group exhibitions at the Lahore Biennale (2018); Dhaka Art Summit (2018); D/code, Mumbai (2018); Chatterjee & Lal Gallery, Mumbai (2017); Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2012); India Habitat Center, New Delhi (2012); New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi (2011); Prague Biennale V (2011); Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery ǀ Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2009); Gallery Side 2, Tokyo (2009); Galleryske, Bangalore (2008); New Museum, New York (2008); Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai (2006) and National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai (2005).

She received a fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbertide, Italy (2013) and participated in a residency programme at Arts Initiative Tokyo (2009).

Apang earned a BFA in studio art from Elmhurst College, US (2002) and an MFA from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai (2005).

Born in 1979 in Naharlagun, India, she currently lives and works in Goa, India.

About Dale Harding

Dale Harding works in a wide variety of media to explore the untold histories of his communities. A descendant of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, he has been investigating the social and political realities experienced by members of his family who lived under government control in Queensland, with a focus on his matrilineal elders.

Harding’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2019); Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2019); Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2016, 2017, 2018) and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015). His work has also been shown in group exhibitions at Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); Liverpool Biennial (2018); TarraWarra Biennial (2018); University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2017); National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2017); Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2017); dOCUMENTA 14 (2017); Gwangju Biennale (2016); Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015); South Australian Museum, Adelaide (2015) and Chugye University for the Arts, Seoul (2014), among others.

His work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Artspace Mackay, Australia; Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane; Queensland Art Gallery ǀ Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and Tate Britain, London. His work was also featured in Dale Harding: Body of Objects, edited by Angela Goddard (Griffith University and documenta 14, 2017).

Harding has received numerous awards, including an acquisitive prize, Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards (2016); University Medal, Griffith University, Brisbane (2013) and Graduate Art Show Award, Griffith University Art Gallery (2012).

He earned a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane (2012) and a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honors (2013) from the same institution.

Born in 1982 in Moranbah, Queensland, Australia, Harding lives and works in Brisbane, Australia.

About Mire Lee

Mire Lee is best known for her kinetic sculptures employing materials such as electric motors, PVC hoses, silicon, lubricants, grease and steel rods. She creates raw compositions that recall the fleshiness of limbs or the insides of the human body.

Lee’s work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, including War is Won by Sentiment Not by Soldiers, Insa Art Space, Seoul (2014); Front View of Omissions onground_jisangso, Seoul (2014) and Roadway from Mullae to Salon Vit, Salon Vit, Cheong-ju, South Korea (2013). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Homesession, Barcelona (2017); Arko Art Center, Seoul (2017); Doosan Gallery, Seoul (2017); Kukje Gallery, Seoul (2017); Hapjeongjigu, Seoul (2017); Ilmin Museum of Arts, Seoul (2017); Gallery175, Seoul (2017); Cake Gallery, Seoul (2016); SeMA Biennale: Mediacity Seoul (2016); Cité internationale des arts, Paris (2016); Rue Geoffrey l’Asnier 20, Paris (2016); Sejong Center, Seoul (2015); Space 413, Seoul (2015); Take Out Drawings, Seoul (2015); Trunk Gallery, Seoul (2014) and Seoul Art Space Seogyo (2013).

She has participated in residencies at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2018); Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA Nanji Residency) (2017) and Cité internationale des arts, Paris (2015). She was awarded the ARKO Young Art Frontier Grant, Arts Council Korea (2014).

Lee earned a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Sculpture at the Seoul National University College of Fine Arts (2012) and a graduate degree in media art from the same institution (2013).

She was born in 1988 in Seoul, where she continues to live and work.

About Randa Maroufi

The experimental works of filmmaker and artist Randa Maroufi explore an elastic awareness of reality. Her films and moving images often employ special effects and other formal devices that alter perceptions of time, space and movement.

Maroufi’s films have been featured at the Dakar Biennale (2018); Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2018); Prospectif cinéma, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); Videonale e. V., Bonn, Germany (2017); Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017); Dubai Photo Exhibition (2016); International Film Festival Rotterdam (2016); New Directors/New Films, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016); Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (2016); African Photography Meeting, Bamako, Mali (2015) and Marrakech Biennale (2014).

She has received over twenty awards for her film Le Park (2015), including Best Short Film, IBAFF Festival, Murcia, Spain (2017); Videonale Award, Fluentum Collection, Berlin (2017); Jury Prize, International Film Festival Rotterdam (2016) and ADAGP Digital Art Award for Video Art, Paris (2015). The film is also part of the collection of the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), France.

Maroufi is a graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts, Tetouan, Morocco (2010) and the School of Fine Arts, Angers, France (2013). She also earned a diploma from Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, Lille, France (2015).

Born in 1987 in Casablanca. She currently lives and works in Paris.

About Dala Nasser

Dala Nasser’s work examines how representational concerns taken up in painting and art practice might develop in tandem with the urgent need to account for dramatic environmental change.

Nasser’s work has been featured in a number of group exhibitions, including touché! (gesture, movement, action), Beirut Art Center (2019); Lateral Recovery Position, Bétonsalon – Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris (2019); Body, L’INCONNUE, Montreal (2018); That is Water, That is Earth, Marfa Projects, Beirut (2018); Surface Work, Victoria Miro, London (2018); The Pain of Others, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); Ghosting of Beings and Worlds, Grey Noise Gallery, Dubai (2017); 32nd Salon d’Automne, Sursock Museum, Beirut (2017); Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017); Sfera exhibition, Aïshti Seaside Complex, Beirut (2016) and Degree show, Slade School of Fine Art, London (2016).

She has received the Emerging Artist Prize, 32nd Salon d’Automne, Sursock Museum, Beirut (2017) and the Boise Travel Scholarship, University College London (2016). She participated in a residency at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2017).

Nasser earned a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from Central Saint Martins, London (2012) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on painting from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2016).She was born in 1990 in Beirut, where she continues to live and work.

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