The Sharjah Art Foundation announces the program and exhibitors for FOCAL POINT, the region’s largest and most diverse art book fair. Returning for its fourth edition, the fair brings together print from the MEASA region (Middle East, Africa, South Asia), including artists’ books, academic volumes and journals, zines and other non traditional and experimental from more than 120 publishers, magazines, artists, publishers, authors and creators from the United Arab Emirates and the MEASA region. FOCAL POINT will take place December 9-11, 2021 at Sharjah Art Foundation’s Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, Arts Square.
For the first time this year, FOCAL POINT will offer a one-day conference program at the iconic Flying Saucer on new books published by the Foundation, the Africa Institute and publications supported and made possible by the Publishing Grant. FOCAL POINT. The event will bring together publishers, distributors, art professionals, knowledge producers, graphic designers, writers, journalists and publishers to learn more about these publications.
FOCAL POINT’s public program runs throughout the Art Book Fair with workshops for children and the community, music events and more.
A number of major publications and artist monographs will be launched during FOCAL POINT 2021. These include:
Ahmed Morsi: A Dialogic Imagination, published by Sharjah Art Foundation, The Africa Institute and Skira, an important monograph on the places, people, texts, ideas and materials that shaped the unique practice of the Egyptian artist based in New York Ahmed Morsi.
Create Dangerously: A Postscript to Sharjah Biennial 14, a collection of essays, poems and reflections representing an extension of the SB14 platform, Making New Time, edited by Omar Kholeif, Collections Director and Senior Curator, Sharjah Art Foundation .
The second edition of Beirut Bereft: The Architecture of the Forsaken and Map of the Derelict, a collaborative publication and exhibition project by Rasha Salti and Ziad Antar, which was originally commissioned, published and produced for the Sharjah Biennale 9 ( 2009).
Corniche 3, an SAF community publication project that brings together artists specializing in comics and illustrations based in the United Arab Emirates and the wider region.
The Africa Institute will launch Selene Wendt’s latest book, Beyond the Door of No Return: Confronting Hidden Colonial Histories through Contemporary Art, which explores the legacy of colonialism in contemporary art as well as the memoirs of Ibrahim El-Salahi, At Home in the World, retracing his life and career from Khartoum in Doha to São Paulo in New York.
Ma3azef, in collaboration with SHFRA and Barzakh studios, will release The Moment of Tarab, which takes an intimate look at the lives of singing legends such as Fayrouz and Abu Bakr Salem, and Omissions in the Official Narrative, an anthology of the age. of Arabic Music. These two publications are produced thanks to the FOCAL POINT 2019 edition grant, awarded to Ma3azef.
FOCAL POINT 2021
December 9-11, 2021
Conference program: The flying saucer
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 9
Art book fair: Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, Place des Arts
4: 00-10: 00 p.m., December 9-11