The theme of the 2013 Sharjah Biennial is the courtyard and its metaphorical conditions in a globalised world.
Recently curator Yuko Hasegawa, announced plans to build a new city structure to house works by artists in next year's edition of the biennial. She says: “I will invite a selection of Indian, Lebanese, Belgian, Japanese and Spanish architects to help envision a new urban structure that connects the historic area of Sharjah and its courtyard typology with the larger city. Within these new and traditional structures a broad range of artists will be invited to create works that will offer new experiences to be shared. Here the courtyard becomes more than a 'place' – it becomes a 'condition' where culture is nourished and true knowledge is formed.”
Image: the Sharjah Heritage Area