Tarek Atoui: Cycles in 11-Where Visual Art and Music Collide

As part of the major solo exhibition Tarek Atoui: Cycles in 11, Sharjah Art Foundation announces a music residency programme that will bring 13 musicians, composers and artists, selected through an open call, as well as Resident Advisors to Sharjah to develop new works that interact with the installations within the exhibition.

The residency will give the artists an opportunity to conduct research, collect data and records, access relevant sites and site-specific materials, and contribute to the development of a public programme while receiving mentorship and support for the development of their projects from Tarek Atoui and the assigned Resident Advisors.

A public programme, led by the residents and advisors, will also take place alongside the residency and will include workshops, presentations and pop-up performances as well as papers or publications. More information about the residency and the accompanying public programmes will be available soon.

Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, Tarek Atoui: Cycles in 11 is a major solo exhibition celebrating over a decade of Atoui’s collaboration with the Foundation and the surrounding community. The exhibition centres around experimental and innovative musical forms and offers audiences opportunities to learn about and explore instrument-making, compositional structure and musical collaboration.

The works in the exhibition represent the culmination of the artist’s ongoing exploration of different methods of listening, composition and performance. The instruments Atoui has created are the product of extensive research into music history and tradition as well as collaborations with different experts.


Challenging established ways of listening through innovative approaches to sound, the instruments also build on the artist’s earlier project WITHIN, which grew out of years of work with Deaf culture. This project, originating in Sharjah, investigated how deafness can influence the way sound performance, space and instrumentation are understood. The exhibition is on view through 10 April 2021.

Throughout the residency period, the Foundation’s heritage venue Bait Al Serkal will operate both as a sound lab and a performance and listening space while another sound lab will be set up close to Sharjah’s natural reserves and archaeological sites in the east coast city of Kalba.

‘During this residency, I would like to go beyond my speciality as a musician-performer and explore the instruments that are presented at the exhibition and consider new possibilities of musical collaboration. For me, this is a great opportunity to overcome professional stagnation.’  Christine Kazarian, harpist and performer from Armenia.

The participating residents are Ivan Macera and Christine Kazarian (17–26 January); GRAYCODE and jiiiiin (7–15 February); Leyya Mona Tawil, Kristoffer Kjaerskov and Safeya Alblooshi (1–12 March); Hadi Zeidan and Zeynab Ghandour (14–23 March). The Resident Advisors are Igor Porte (17–26 January), Jad Atoui (7–15 February), Alan Affichard (1–12 March) and Boris Shershenkov (14–23 March).

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