Hassan Sharif, Slippers and Wire, 2009. Slippers and copper wire; dimensions variable. Installation view: Hassan Sharif: I Am The Single Work Artist, Sharjah Art Foundation, 2017/2018. Courtesy of Hassan Sharif Estate, Photo: Sharjah Art Foundation

Hassan Sharif
I Am The Single Work Artist

In collaboration with Sharjah Art Foundation and Malmö Konsthall, KW presents the first major retrospective of the Emirati artist Hassan Sharif (1951–2016) in Europe. Sharif was one of the most influential artists from the Middle East of the twentieth century. He is considered a leading pioneer of Conceptual Art and of new experimental artistic approaches that reconceive a conventional understanding of time, space, form, and social interaction, and which continue to resonate significantly with a younger generation to this day. Throughout his lifetime, Sharif
created a complex, critical, and multifaceted body of work, including drawings, paintings, assemblages, sculptural installations, and performances. Detached from local art production, he articulated an artistic language that followed its own logic and artistic impetus, and was also process-based and not elitist. His works are characterized by the use of everyday materials on the one hand and by a kind of artistic reflection that feeds on an analytical view of the immediate environment and philosophical questions on the other. The retrospective is the culmination of
Sharif’s long history with the Emirate of Sharjah.

Kris Lemsalu, Car2Go, 2016, Copyright Julien Gremaud / Les Urbaines, Courtesy die Künstlerin / the artist und/ and Koppe Astner, Glasgow; Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn. Foto / photo: Julien Gremaud

Kris Lemsalu Malone & Kyp Malone Lemsalu
Love Song Sing-Along

Kris Lemsalu Malone creates sculptures, installations, and performances that fuse the animal kingdom with humankind, nature with the artificial, beauty with repulsion, lightness with gravity, and life with death. She combines animal bodies and porcelain objects with found (natural) material such as furs, leather, seashells, wool, or paper in theatrical installations that whisk us off into a world of fantastic imagination. Endeavoring to erase any distance between herself and her objects, the artist also uses her installations as stages for performance pieces in which her sculptures become an integral part of her attire. Her works carry the memory of local mythologies onto the surfaces of objects that resemble artifacts and byproducts of contemporary civilization.

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