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A interview with a 'modern' realist...
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- نس�ح فيض�ل تاحول
ض�رعل� ف ةيفلل� ةحولل�

ّ
يجس�” فحتملل ةيحاتتفل�
“ثيدل� نفل� نم نرق
The realist Hassan
Sherif poses
alongside his 'real'
installation
T
he installation is hard to miss. For one, it is
among the frst pieces at Mathaf: Arab Museum
of Modern Art; then there is the material it is
made of – slippers and wire. You pause, look,
refect and wonder – exhibit or faux pas?
If that thought passed your mind, then
Hassan Sharif ’s mission is accomplished. For
the Emirati artist this is his expression, and the
only thing he has to say to those who look at his
work in bewilderment is: “Education is important in
understanding visual art.”
So you go back and take a second (a third, a fourth...) look
at his installation, and begin to comprehend the beauty in its
contour, the simplicity of the form and material, and think
why not...
BEYOND ARTISTRY
Sixty-year-old Hassan is originally from Abu Dhabi but has
lived and worked in Dubai most of his life. After graduating
from the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, he started out
as a caricaturist for the newspaper Akhbaar Dubai (Dubai
News) in the 70s. In 1984 he established the frst public space
to display modern art in Sharjah, which later expanded to
Dubai. In 2007 he along with four other artists set up The
Flying House, an institution to promote contemporary
Emirati artists.
His frst nine years with the newspaper was spent doodling
cartoons, the ideas for which stemmed from daily life and the
people he dealt with.
“I was also painting then. At that time I was interested in
post-impressionist or impressionist type of paintings. Paul
Cezzane and Picasso were important fgures and my interest
was in their form of paintings. But my way of work depended
THE ODD OBJECT MAKER Emirati artist
Hassan Sharif gets Sindhu Nair to see the method in
his madness, or rather appreciate the lack of it.
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more on historical context or the time frame I was working
in.”
Does that make him a modern artist?
He disagrees. “I make contemporary art, be it painting,
objects or caricature. Contemporary is not a form of art but
the way you think. I represent this time or moment. I am a
realist and that is why I believe in the contemporary form of
art. I also represent contradictions in all my art.”
Contradictions, believes Hassan, paves the way for an
interesting medley of simple facts, which also forms the crux
of most of his experimentations and some of these are on
display at the Flying House studio at Dubai.
“My work deals with daily life, how people walk, how they
see, how life stimulates them, their reactions to life. I am an
observer. And the art I produce is what I see in the world. It is
real.”
Neither caricaturist nor artist, he prefers being tagged “an
object maker”.
But does he harbor a secret love for any one form of art?
“Each one has its beauty. When I make objects, I touch
objects with my fngers, and I love that feel. When I do
caricature, the feel of pen on paper makes the experience
memorable. Paintings are about colors. Each medium has its
own secret. You have to work with the material to know its
secret. Sometimes you have to touch them, or cut them to
know their secrets.”
BRIDGING THE GAP
Hassan feels that there is a gap between conventional
painting and conventional sculpture.
“In the late 70s and the 80s you can see installations in
which the sculptor cuts and takes out portions of objects and
then the completed piece is kept on a base as a display. I did
not want my sculptures to follow that pattern. I wanted mine
to be made of things that people are aware of, and not to be
displayed on a base as if it is something to be revered. I
wanted my objects to be ‘normal’.”
Realizing this gap between conventional painting and
conventional sculpture, Hassan was intent on fnding an
alternative “work of art”.
“I also realized that my sarcastic outlook towards life was a
result of my engagement in caricatures that critique the social
and political condition of the 70s decade.
That, in addition to the great infuence of the
70’s contemporary art in Europe and
America, molded this outlook. These new
intellectual and artistic theories were aimed
at criticizing a life that revolved around
consumption in all forms and the slew of
negative efects it brought about. I started to
look at life with increasing criticism,
becoming more and more cynical by the
day.”
“It was this the new world order, whose
slogan is ‘Adapt your aspirations to our ends’
that particularly irritated me; this vulgar
market mentality that fooded shops with
consumer products. So, I resorted to the idea
of ‘redundant repetition’ in producing art. I
would continuously engage myself in boring,
recurring and endless activities, a feature
that would become a signature of my artwork since 1982.”
It was during this time, that Hassan produced a series of
seven paintings as a sort of homage to one of the most
important artists of the 20th century, Edvard Munch’s and
his famous Dance of Life.
SEEKING PATRONS
Hassan feels strongly about education and its importance in
understanding art in all forms.
“You need an educated society to understand diferent
forms of art. Without education art itself may become
redundant. In the region an important player in the process
was His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali
Al-Thani’s, the man behind the Mathaf collection, which he
began putting together 20 years ago.
“Here is a man who understood the importance of all this,
when art was not considered important in our society. You
need more people like him who promote art, to collect and to
encourage artists.”
Artists like Hassan Sharif who use the ordinary to make the
unique.
To emphasize the importance of education Hassan recalls
an incident at the inaugural Sharjah Biennial in 1993, when a
visitor threw a shoe at his installation. Unafected by that
insult, Hassan says: “He just showed his ignorance while
some others have always wanted to touch my installation.”
Curators though have recognized the value of his work and
now take special care to house his installation in glass cases!
“Most of my works are of objects that you fnd easily. I use
materials that are available. I want my audience to react to my
installations, to touch and feel them,” he says.
Take the fip-fops piece. The process of cutting the slippers
and tying it back with wire holds a purpose for the artist; it
implies his intention of trying to understand the material, and
the tying beckons at the contradiction of what life is all about.
He also has completed installations consisting of cardboard
boxes and books, clothes and stone, iron and copper.
Hassan’s choice of materials refects the period of his
artwork but he admits that all of his creations are laced with
sarcasm.
“How else can a slipper fnd its way into a Museum, other
than in an art form?” The artist does have the last laugh.
2010 ،ةرقب نطب
ديدل� نم ةعونس�م
ض�احنل�و موينولأل�و
× 200 × 375 اهداعبأ�
مس� 100
نفلل يبرعل� فحتل� نم نذإاب
ثيدل�
Cow belly, 2010
Iron, aluminum and
copper
375 x 200 x 100 cm
Courtesy of Mathaf:
Arab Museum of
Modern Art
58
؟اثيدح انانف كلذ هلعجي له نكل
اعطق مأ� ،ةحول كلذ ناك ء�وس� �ض�اعم انف مس�رأ� يننإ�” :هلوقب كلذ يفني
نفل� لاكس�أ� نم لكس� تس�يل ةض�اعلاف .ةييتاكيراك موس�ر مأ� ،ةينف
،يعق�و يننأ� امك ،ةظحلل� وأ� تقول� �ذه لثمأ� انأاف .يكفتلل ةقيرط انإ�و
لثمأ� انأاف .نفلل ض�اعل� لكس�لاب نمؤوأ� ينلعجي يذل� ببس�ل� وه �ذهو
.“ينف لمم ف تاس�قانتل�
قئاقل� نم جيزم لإ� لوس�ولل قيرطل� دهت تاس�قانتل� نأ� نس�ح ىريو
هبرات مظعم رهوج اس�يأ� لكس�ي �ذهو ،مامتهلل ةيثل� ةطيس�بل�
.يبد ف رئاطل� تيبل� ويدوتس�أ� ف ةس�ورعل�
فيكو ،ةيمويل� ةايل� عم يلمع للخ نم لماعتأ� يننإ�” :لئاق ىس�مو
دودرو ،س�يعل� ىلع ةايل� مه
ّ
زفت فيكو ،نوري فيكو ،س�انل� يس�ي
،لاعل� ف ه�رأ� ام وه هجتنأ� يذل� نفل�و ،بِ ق�رم انأ� .ةايل� نأاس�ب مهلعف
.“يعق�و نف وهف
عناس�” ىمس�
ُ
ي نأ� لس�في انإ�و نانفب لو يتاكيراك ماس�رب ض�يل وهو
؟نفل� لاكس�أ� نم لكس� يأل يض� قس�ع هيدل له نكل .“ءايس�أل�
ءايس�أل� عنس�أ� امدنعف .هلامج نفل� لاكس�أ� نم لكس� لكل” :نس�ح بيجي
موس�رل� مس�رأ� امدنعو .روعس�ل� �ذه بحأ� انأ�و ،يعباس�أاب اهس�لأ�
ل ةبرت اهنم لعجي قرول� ىلع ملقلاب يس�اس�حإ� نإاف ةييتاكيراكل�
يغبني �ذل .هب س�ال� هض� طس�و لكلو ،ن�ولأل� اهس�اس�أ� تاحولل�و .ىس�نت
نأ� نايحأل� س�عب ف هيلعو .اهض� ةفرعل ةدالاب لمعي نأ� ءرل� ىلع
.“اهر�ض�أ� ةفرعل اهعطقي وأ� اهس�ملي
ﻲﻘﻴﻘﺤﻟا ﻢﻟﺎﻌﻟاو يﺪﻴﻠﻘﺘﻟا ﻦﻔﻟا
:لوقي ذإ� يديلقتل� تحنل�و يديلقتل� مس�رل� يب ةوجف ةمث نأ� نس�ح ىري
اهنم عطق ةينف لامعأ� تانينامثل�و تانيعبس�ل� رخ�وأ� ف ىرن انك”
.هس�رعل ةدعاق ىلع يهتنل� ءزل� عس�و مث ،اهئ�زجأ� س�عب تاحنل�
نوكت نأ� اهديرأ� انإ�و طمنل� �ذهب نوكت نأ� يتاتوحنل ديرأ� ل يننكل
ىلع س�رعت نأ� اهديرأ� لو ،س�انل� اهفرعي يتل� ءايس�أل� نم ةعونس�م
نوكت نأ� لامعأ� نم ديرأ� يننإ� .ليجبتل� قحتس�ي ءيس� اهنأاكو ةدعاق
.“‘ةيعيبط’
يديلقتل� تحنل�و ةيديلقتل� ةحولل� يب ةوجفل� هذهل هك�ردإ� نم اقلطن�و
:هلوقب كلذ حس�وأ�و .ليدب “ينف لمع” داجيإ� ىلع نس�ح ميمس�ت ءاج
ف يلمعل ةجيتن تءاج ةايحلل ةرخاس�ل� يترظن نأ� اس�يأ�
ُ
تكردأ� دقل”
ةيس�ايس�ل�و ةيعامتجل� ةلال� دقتنت يتل� ةيروتاكيراكل� موس�رل� لام
نفلل يبكل� يثأاتل� لإ� ةفاس�إلاب ،كلذل ناك دقو .تانيعبس�ل� ف
هذه ليكس�ت ف يبكل� رثأل� ،تانيعبس�ل� ف اكيرمأ�و ابوروأ� ف ض�اعل�
ةايل� داقتن� لإ� ةينفل�و ةيركفل� ةديدل� تايرظنل� هذه فدهتو .ةرظنل�
يتل� ةيثكل� ةيبلس�ل� راثآل�و هلاكس�أ� عيمجب كلهتس�ل� لوح رودت يتل�
يتيرخس� تد�دز�و دقنل� نم ديزب ةايل� لإ� رظنأ�
ُ
تأ�دب دقو .اهثدحأ�
يلاعل� ماظنل� وه يبس�غ راثأ� ام نإ�” :لئاق فاس�أ�و .“موي دعب اموي
ةيلقعو ،‘انتاياغ لإ� لوس�ولل كتاحومط فييكت’ وه هراعس� يذل� ديدل�
تاجتنلاب ةيراجتل� تلحل� ترمغ يتل� يه هذه ةلذتبل� قوس�ل�
انأاف .نفل� جاتنإ� ف ‘رركل� ر�ركت’ ةركف لإ�
ُ
تأال �ذل .ةيكلهتس�ل�
ةمس� يهو ،اهل ةياهن لو ةرركتم ةلم ةطس�نأ� ف ر�رمتس�اب يس�فن لغس�أ�
نم ةلس�لس� نس�ح جتنأ� ةتفل� كلت فو .“1982 ماع ذنم ةينفل� لامعأ�
در�ودإ� وهو ،نيض�عل� نرقل� ف ينانفل� مهأ� دحأل ايركت تاحول عبس�
.“ةايل� ةس�قر” ةيهس�ل� هتحولو س�نوم
ﻦﻔﻟا ﻢﺠﻧ دﻮﻌﺻ
تنأ�” :لئاق هلاكس�أ� عيمجب نفل� مهف ف ميلعتل� ةيمهأ� ىلع نس�ح دكؤوي
دق ميلعتل� نودبف .ةفلتخل� نفل� لاكس�أ� مهفل ملعتم عمتم لإ� ةجاحب
ةقطنل� ف يبعلل� مهأ� نمو .ةجال� نع �دئ�ز �رمأ� هس�فن نفل� حبس�ي
فقي يذل� لجرل� وهو ،ناث لآ� يلع نب دمم نب نس�ح خيس�ل� ةداعس�
فدرأ�و.“اماع 20 ذنم اهعيمجتب أ�دب يتل� فحتل� ةعومم ء�رو
امهم بتع
ُ
ي ل نفل� ناك امدنع ،كلذ لك ةيمهأ� هتداعس� كردأ�” :لئاق
،نونفلل نوج
ّ
وري نيذل� هلاثمأ� نم ديزل� لإ� ةجاحب اننإ� .انعمتم ف
فيض� لثم ينانفل� يأ� ...“ينانفل� نوعجس�يو ،ةينفل� عطقل� نوعمجيو
.اهعون نم ةديرف ءايس�أ� ع�دبإل ةيداعل� ءايس�أل� نومدختس�ي نيذل� نس�ح
حاتتف� دنع تعقو ةثداح نس�ح ركذ ميلعتل� ةيمهأ� ىلع ديكأاتللو
لمع ىلع هء�ذح ر�وزل� دحأ� ىقلأ� ثيح 1993 ماع ةقراس�ل� ف هس�رعم
كلذب رهظأ� دقل” :لوقي ذإ� ةناهإل� هذهب رثأاتي ل نس�ح نكل .ينفل� نس�ح
لامعأ� �وس�ملي نأ� امئ�د نودوي رخآل� س�عبل� ناك يذل� تقول� ف هلهج
هلامعأ� ةميقب نوفتعي �وءدب س�رعل� ىلع يمئاقل� نأ� يغ .“ةينفل�
!جاجزل� نم قيدانس� ف اهنوس�رعي �وراس�و ةينفل�
اهداجيإ� نكي ءايس�أ� نم ةعونس�م لامعأ� مظعم نإ�” :هلوقب عباتو
يروهمج لعف ةدر نوكت نأ� ديرأ�و ةرفوتل� د�ول� مدختس�� انأاف .ةلوهس�ب
ةينفل� ةعطقل� كلذ ىلع لاثم ذخأانل .“اهب روعس�ل�و لامعأ� س�ل يه
ىرخأ� ةرم اهطبرو بس�ابس�ل� عطق ةيلمع نإ� .بس�ابس�ل� نم ةعونس�ل�
ةلوام ىلع همزع لإ� يس�ت اهنأل ،نانفلل ةبس�نلاب س�رغل� لثت كلس�ب
دقو .ةايل� ف دوجول� س�قانتل� لإ� طبرل� ةيلمع زمرتو ،ةدال� مهف
قرول� قيدانس� نم ةعونس�م ةينف لامعأ� ع�دبإ� نم اس�يأ� نس�ح ىهتن�
رايتخ� س�كعيو.س�احنل�و ،ديدل�و ،رجل�و ،س�بلل�و ،بتكل�و ،ىوقل�
هلامعأل ةينمزل� ةتفل� د�وملل نس�ح
بلغي ام نأاب فتعي هنكل ةينفل�
.ةيرخس�ل� وه هتاع�دبإ� لك ىلع
:لوقي وهو اكحاس� هثيدح ىهنأ�و
هقيرط دجي نأ� بس�بس�لل نكي فيك”
للخ نم كلذ نكي ل نإ� ،فحتم لإ�
.“؟نفل� لاكس�أ� نم لكس�
...نفلا دعب ةايلا
نفلا
...تاونس� ض�مخ دعب
ةحس� ثكأاو ،ءارث ثكأا حبس�أاس�
.نفلا نم ديزلا عدبأاس�و ،ةداعس�و

نم 1987 ةنس� ةعونس�م
ء�رغل�و قرول�و ض�امقل�
يبرعل� فحتل� نم نذإاب
ثيدل� نفلل
59
لمعل� �ذه هيلع ت
ّ
وفي نأ� ءرل� ىلع بعس�ل�
فحتل� ف لوأل� عطقل� نم وهف ،ينفل�
د�ول� نأ� امك )فحتل�( ثيدل� نفلل يبرعل�
ةديرف د�وم يه ةعطقل� اهنم
ْ
تعن
ُ
س� يتل�
ءرل� لعجي ام ،كلس�أ�و بس�ابس� نع ةرابع
:لءاس�تيو اهلمأاتيل اهدنع فقي
ينعت ل ةعطق درم مأ� ةنيعم رعاس�م نع
ّ
بعت ةينف ةعطق هذه له
؟ءيس� يأ�
زنأ� دق كلذب نوكي فيض� نس�ح نإاف ةقيرطل� هذهب
َ
ترّ كف دق
َ
تنك �ذإاف
وهو ،يبعتل� ف هتقيرط هذه يت�رامإل� نانفل� �ذهل ةبس�نلابف .هتمهم
مهف ف مهم ميلعتل�” :ةيحب هلامعأ� لإ� نورظني نيذل� كئلوأل لوقي
.“ةيض�بل� نونفل�
هتعطق ىلع )...ةعب�رو ،ةثلاثو( ةيناث ةرظن يقلتو دوعت نأ� كيلع �ذل
ذئدنعو ،اهتدامو اهلكس� ةطاس�بو اهبيكرت لامج بعوتس�ت يك ةينفل�
...ل َ ل كس�فنل لوقتس�
نﺎﻨﻓ دﺮﺠﻣ ﻦﻣ ﺮﻴﺜﻜﺑ ﺮﺜﻛأ
س�اع هنأ� لإ� يبظ وبأ� نم لس�ألاب وهو ،اماع 60 رمعل� نم نس�ح غلبي
نونفلل وس� مايب ةس�ردم نم هجرخت دعبف .يبد ف هتايح مظعم لمعو
ف يبد رابخأ� ةفيحس� ف يتاكيراك ماس�رك لمعي أ�دب ،ندنل ف
ةقراس�ل� ف ثيدل� نفلل س�رعم لوأ� س�س�أ� 1984 ماع فو .تانيعبس�ل�
ينانف ةعبرأ� عم س�س�أ� 2007 ماع فو .يبد لإ� اقحل عس�وت يذل�و
.“رئاطل� تيبل�” نيرخآ�
.نيض�اعل� ييت�رامإل� ينانفل� عيجس�تب ىنعت ةس�س�ؤوم يهو
موس�رل� مس�ر ف ةينهل� هتيس�م نم ت�ونس� عس�ت لوأ� نس�ح ىس�مأ�
ةيمويل� ةايل� مومهو لغاس�م نعاهب بع ،ةفيحس�لل ةيروتاكيراكل�
.س�انلل
كلذ يفف ةيتيزل� ن�ولألاب موس�رل� هذه مس�رأ� تنك” :لوقي كلذ نعو
امك ،يعابطنل� دعب ام وأ� يعابطنل� مس�رل� طمنب امتهم تنك تقول�
لمعل� ف يتقيرط نكل .وس�اكيبو ن�زيس� لوب تاحولب ابجعم تنك
تنك يذل� ينمزل� راطإل� وأ� يخيراتل� قايس�ل� لإ� ثكأ� زكترت تناك
.“هيف لمعأ�
ﻦــﻣ
ﻒـــﻳﺮﺷ ﻦــــﺴﺣ
ءﺎﻴﺷلا ﻊﻨﺻ ﻲﻓ عﺪﺒﻳ … ﺪــــﻳﺮﻓ نﺎـــﻨﻓ
نس�ح يت�رامل� نانفل� ىري
يب ةوجف ةمث فيض�
تحنل�و يديلقتل� مس�رل�
يديلقتل�
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.... نﻮﻨﺠﺑ ﻪﻌﺒﺘﻳ يﺬﻟا بﻮﻠﺳلا ﺮﻳﺎﻧ وﺪﻨﻴﺴﻟ حﺮﺸﻳ ﻒﻳﺮﺷ ﻦﺴﺣ ﻲﺗارﺎﻣلا نﺎﻨﻔﻟا

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