Zarina Bhimji’s first solo exhibition in the region opens at the Sharjah Art Foundation

Starting this weekend all the way to 10 April 2021, the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) will be presenting an in-depth survey of Zarina Bhimji’s work spanning over 30 years. The presentation, ‘Black Pocket’, is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the region, featuring a number of her seminal works across film, photography, and installation.

Bhimji’s early work, which explores alternate forms of knowledge overlooked by established systems of order is prominently featured, as are her more recent explorations of architecture and landscape as arbiters of complex experience and emotion. The work is both personal and objective, as it makes viewers think beyond mainstream historical narratives.

“In combining her personal narrative with historical archives and post-colonial testimony, she creates a reflection on place and belonging. As the first major survey devoted to the artist’s work in the region, Black Pocket is a wonderful opportunity for audiences to experience (Zarina’s) rich practice,” says exhibition curator Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, and Director of SAF.

The exhibition can be viewed cross three galleries at SAF’s recently Aga Khan Award-nominated Al Mureijah Art Spaces (Galleries 4, 5, and 6).

‘Zarina Bhimji: Black Pocket’ is part of the Sharjah Art Foundation’s autumn 2020 program. Also on view are ‘Vantage Point Sharjah 8’ and ‘Homebound: A Journey in Photography,’ which present a wide range of compelling contemporary image-making practices. ‘Tarek Atoui: Cycles in 11’ challenges established ways of listening through innovative approaches to sound, while ‘Lindsay Seers and Keith Sargent: Nowhere Less Now3 [flying saucer]’ marks the reopening of the iconic Flying Saucer (more on that here) with a site-specific multimedia installation.

In adherence to local social distancing guidelines, visitors should book their visit in advance online here.

The exhibition is free to attend and open to all. Take a look at The Huntr’s exclusive image gallery from the opening below…


Photography and words by Zeashan Ashraf exclusively for The Huntr