Susan Hefuna

do it بالعربي

Join in, take part and collaborate as individuals, families, friends – as a community, together in do it بالعربي [in Arabic] – a new project organised by Sharjah Art Foundation. More than 60 artists from across the region have written instructions that anyone can use to make a new work of art.
Co-curated by Sharjah Art Foundation Director Hoor Al Qasimi and Serpentine Gallery co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it بالعربي is a new iteration of the ongoing do it publication and exhibition project originally founded and curated by Obrist in 1993.
do it بالعربي will be open to the public at Sharjah Art Foundation’s Bait Al Shamsi from 23 January to 23 April 2016. On view will be a selection of artist instructions, some of which will have been previously realised and others which visitors can use to create art works of their own. Everyone is invited to join in the workshops, activations, performances and thought-provoking activities on one of the many Open Days, scheduled over the course of the exhibition.
The do it بالعربي bilingual publication will include over 50 newly commissioned artist instructions, a selection of previously published instructions as well as essays that contextualise the project.
This publication will also be the basis for a series of do it بالعربي exhibitions and events with institutions across the region, including Townhouse, Cairo, Al Riwaq, Manama, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Dar Al-Ma’Mûn, Marrakech, as well as with partners in Lebanon, Kuwait, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. These events are scheduled to take place in 2016 and 2017.
At Sharjah Art Foundation, do it بالعربي will be realised through extensive collaborations with schools, universities and communities across the UAE, including Ajman Centre for Rehabilitation, American University of Sharjah, Al Tamkeen Centre, Emirates Fine Arts Society, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, Sharjah International Book Fair, and University of Sharjah.
do it بالعربي features art work instructions by artists from ten countries including Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Mohamed Abdelkarim, Adel Abdessemed, Sarah Abu Abdallah, Etel Adnan, Sophia Al Maria, Jaffar Al Oraibi, Mohammed Al Qassab, Nasser Al Salem, Mounira Al Solh, Khalid Wad Albaih, Manal AlDowayan, Rheim Alkadhi, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Ziad Antar, Samira Badran, Ismaïl Bahri, Lara Baladi, Taysir Batniji, Doris Bittar, Ali Cherri, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Róza El-Hassan, Fouad ElKoury, Fadlabi, Simone Fattal, GCC, Abdulnasser Gharem, Aya Haidar, Hazem Harb, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hefuna, Kamala Ibrahim Ishag, Mohammed Kazem, Yazan Khalili, Hassan Khan, Ahmed Mater, Hassan Meer, Amina Menia, Magdi Mostafa, Nasir Nasrallah, Amir Nour, Khaled Sabsabi, Jayce Salloum, Hrair Sarkissian, Sam Shalabi, Hassan Sharif, Suha Shoman, Nida Sinnokrot, Rayyane Tabet, Jorge Tacla, Jalal Toufic, Raed Yassin, Ala Younis, Camille Zakharia and Samira Badran.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. For further information on how to get involved please contact
do it بالعربي is organised by Sharjah Art Foundation and co-curated by Hoor Al Qasimi and Hans Ulrich Obrist. do it is a project originally founded and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1993.