Entitled Active Forms, the three day event addressed concepts of resistance through organizing as a means for artistic and cultural production. Featuring panels and performances by an array of inter-generational artists and art practitioners, MM 2018 enabled discussions on resistance in the arts as a form of “opposition” as well as a catalyst for future planning and dialogue.
Resistance can happen in the form of projects, exhibitions, informal activities, and a combination of all or other forms. This variety is crucial to responding appropriately to the ever more complex issues our societies face but also because action has to be tailored to the specificity of every situation. Likewise, MM 2018 presented a variety of examples ranging from current anti-gentrification art projects to pan-African movements in 1960s Algeria. “I met Neo Muyanga early 2016 when we were both on the jury for the Prince Claus Award. I then invited him to come to Sharjah to participate in our music program,” said SAF’s director Hoor Al Qasimi about the genesis of MM 2018. “Muyanga made several site visits and proposed Songs of Resistance. After many discussions with my colleagues at SAF, we thought it appropriate to make this the focus and theme for the March Meeting and have his performances part of the program.”