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It's a Thursday, the first day of the 14th Sharjah Biennial.One of SB14's exhibition spaces, Hamriyah is today hosting a pair of performances. It's an ambitious affair three months of exhibitions and public programming scattered around the emirate, showcasing commissions and recent work by squads of feted international and Arab artists.SB14's exhibition openings correspond to the March Meetings -- a series of panels and talks by artists and fellow travelers reflecting upon the state of contemporary art and everything else and an especially busy performance program.That reflects, in part, SAF's decision to appoint not one guest curator but three -- Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons -- all distinct in their curatorial obsessions, each free to program a distinct section of exhibitions, talks and performances.Performance seems one way to reach a broader public.Most of SB14's performances, though, have been curated by Tancons for her "Look for Me All Around You," which she terms "an open platform of migrant images and fugitive forms".Tancons' performance program continued Saturday morning.At times serious art can be entertaining and Saturday morning's program included Ulrik Lopez's SAF commission "Pataki 1921 ".Two works have been especially successful in using form to disarm audiences.Iverson and Friedl end the performance with a performance of the aria "Nessun Dorma," from Puccini's opera "Turandot".
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