Donghee Koo, Way of Replay II (off peak) (2017), wood, sand, Styrofoam, concrete, glass, umbrella, kinetic sand, video, audio, miscellaneous objects, dimensions variable, commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation (image courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation).
'If the sky is full of stars, then somewhere there is another star, another sun, and around it, there must be other planets ... with ground to stand on, water to drink, a breeze, a moon, a decent sea, a sunset poised on the horizon, a sunrise waiting to happen.' So goes a passage from the text of the performance The Necessity of Infinity by Raqs Media Collective, which was staged three times (in Arabic, English, and Urdu) during the 13th annual Sharjah Biennial. This lyrical description of the authors' conjured worlds, complete in their potential to give rise to new days and vistas (and based on the mystical system of Sufism) is an ideal metaphor for the biennial itself. The exhibition of objects, performances, and talks was curated by Christine Tohmé, who collaborated with Lara Khaldi, Kader Attia, and Zeynep Öz.