Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi. Photo by Nato Welton
Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi will curate the next Lahore Biennale, taking place in 2020.
This is the second edition of the biennale, which was launched this year. It is seen as heralding a return to international prominence for the city, long a cosmopolitan capital of culture in South Asia, after years of turmoil in Pakistan.
Sheikha Hoor’s involvement also underlines the close ties between Pakistan and the UAE. This is both in terms of migrant workers – Pakistanis make up about 12 per cent of the population of the UAE – and the Pakistani presence in the Dubai and Sharjah art scenes, where a number of artists, writers and figures are Pakistani in origin.
Sheikha Hoor is the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, and has curated many of its shows, including last year's significant retrospective of Hassan Sharif; a historical show about the Khartoum School; and the UAE’s 2016 participation in the Venice Biennale, which looked at major exhibitions in the country of the past 50 years.
quote from The National