Born 1951 Bandar Lengeh, Iran
Died 2016 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Lived and worked in
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Hassan Sharif is a seminal figure in the history of conceptual art in the Emirates. In addition to his own practice, he was responsible for introducing a generation of artists to conceptual and Fluxus practices, translating artist manifestos and art historical texts into Arabic. He also founded various avant-garde groups and organisations that presented an alternative mode of practice to the emerging ‘national style’. Sharif’s largest and most well-known body of work is his ‘objects’, imported or discarded materials tied together with wire or string. Incorporating Fluxus influences into the weaving, knotting, and threading of found objects, his practice also relates to the history of carpet making in the region. By folding and weaving objects together, Sharif’s piles mimic the sheer volume of available commodities, rendering them unusable and absurd.