Image rights: Courtesy Estate of Hassan Sharif and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde - Image : Musthafa Aboobacker, Seeing Things, EAU
Hassan Sharif - Experiments curated by Hervé Mikaeloff, April - May 2017, La Patinoire Royale, Brussels
Hassan Sharif - Experiments exhibition catalogue with texts by Hervé Mikaeloff and Alexandre Kazerouni, La Patinoire Royale Editions, 2017, Brussels
About Hassan Sharif
Considered the grandfather of conceptual art and experimental practice in the Middle East, Hassan Sharif produces a diverse range of work that spans performance, installation, drawing, painting, and assemblage. His series “Objects”, begun in 1982, consists of sculptural installations that, manipulating found waste materials such as spoons, nylon rope, plastic sandals, and old newspapers, draw on ideas associated with the Fluxus movement. Sharif, who begun his artistic career drawing caricatures and cartoons, has witnessed the transformation of Dubai from a nomadic Bedouin society into a hub of consumerism, and works such as Weave 2 (2012)—composed of detritus found on the streets of Dubai—reflect and critique the modern culture of mass production and consumption in the Middle Eastern metropolis.
Emirati, b. 1951