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/ MELISSA GRONLUND
Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj

SHARJAH ART FOUNDATION, Sharjah

Official Opening of Sharjah Biennial 13.
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Melissa Gronlund

Bottles of seawater sit among makeshift red flags on charred concrete breezeblocks. “It’s like a fire,” says the artist, Dineo Seshee Bopape, of her installation, +/– 1791 (monument to the haitian revolution 1791) (2017), which is scattered about the courtyard of one of Sharjah Art Foundation’s warren of spaces. Small... continue reading
View of Hayv Kahraman's "Audible Inaudible," The Third Line, Dubai, 2016.
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Melissa Gronlund

I passed a group of women wearing hijab on the beach the other day, talking in Arabic and English. They had pulled their chairs into the water and were sitting with the bottom of their skirts in the sea. “It’s hard for our sex to find happiness,” I heard one... continue reading
Abu Dhabi / Dubai Roundup

VARIOUS LOCATIONS, Abu Dhabi

Opening reception of Abu Dhabi Art, 2015.
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Melissa Gronlund

On November 17, Abu Dhabi Art opened to its VIPs: an event so popular authorities had to redirect traffic off the highway to a new exit. Now in its seventh year under this name, the art fair of the United Arab Emirates’ capital city hosts a smattering of blue-chip galleries—Lisson,... continue reading
Ben Rivers’s “Things”

KATE MACGARRY, London

View of Ben Rivers's, “Things,” Kate MacGarry, London, 2014.
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Melissa Gronlund

The nouveau romanciers of France in the 1950s attempted to write a new sort of novel, as their name signaled: portraits of characters that would be comprised entirely of external effects, with none of the glimpses into interiority of the conventional novel—characters’ private thoughts and feelings—which the group argued were... continue reading

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