What is not is the most comprehensive presentation of Khalil Rabah’s expansive body of work, created by the artist from the 1990s to the present. The exhibition presents an overview of the artist’s ongoing projects, including the Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind, the Riwaq Biennale, Scale Models and Collaborations: by in form, a new work commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. The works on view propose speculative frameworks and platforms for exploring how cultural institutions, curatorial practice, museological discourse and critical knowledge operate under long-standing states of emergency and displacement.
Focusing on the processes that art practices are subjected to within international institutions, Rabah’s projects encourage debates about cultural organisations by questioning the social, cultural and political value attributed to artefacts. Emerging from his deep involvement and background in architecture, Rabah’s works seek to provide an alternative vision that challenges public perceptions. He draws on different methodologies to engage with themes of displacement, memory and identity to examine the relationship between humans and their surroundings as well as the nature of the global human condition.
What is not is curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director Hoor Al Qasimi.
Other exhibitions on view include Lawrence Abu Hamdan: The Sonic Image, CAMP: Passages through Passages, and major retrospectives of the late Lebanese artist Aref El Rayess, organised in collaboration with Sharjah Museums Authority, and Ghanaian photographer Gerald Annan-Forson, organised in collaboration with The Africa Institute.