Opening night at the Beit Al Serkal of What should I do to live in your life? 8/3/12, photo by Alfredo Rubio

Opening night at the Beit Al Serkal on March 8, 2012. Photo Alfredo Rubio

The Beit Al Serkal is one of the signature houses of Sharjah in the Al Shuwaiheyn Art Area or ‘Heart of Sharjah’ historic area of the city. Between 1995 and 1997, it hosted the Sharjah Art Museum, before the latter moved to its own building across the street. Beit Al Serkal is home to some of the larger projects of the Sharjah Biennial and the Sharjah March Meeting. Outside the Biennial and the March Meeting, the place is being used for workshops.

During the March Meetings and Biennials, the Beit Al Serkal courtyard is a venue for large open air installations. During the Biennial of 2011, the Beit Al Serkal hosted the controversial installation by Mustapha Benfodil, Maportaliche / It Has No Importance, which caused a rift with the then curator Jack Persekian, leading to his departure. During the 2012 March Meeting, Beit Al Serkal showed the exhibition ‘What should I do to live your life?’


Written by: Neil Last modified: 8th Nov 2012