‘32: The Rescore 
Gallery 6, Al Mureijah Art Spaces
Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah
27 September 2019– 5 January 2020

With Hasan Hujairi, Joe Namy, Julia Tieke, Jumana Manna, HIZZ, NAAR and Nawa Recordings

Photos: Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation 
Despite its uneven accomplishments, the 1932 Cairo Congress of Arab Music marked a significant period for music in Egypt and other Arab countries. The two-week-long conference, which was directed towards the reformation and renewal of musical forms, brought together musicians and scholars to discuss the future of Arab music, including melodic and rhythmic modes, scales, composition, instrumentation and education. Taking into account the social and historical conditions and factors that shaped the conversations during the congress, 32: The Rescore reconsiders this gathering as a historical event and tilts its focus to occurrences, comments and consequences that arose during its proceedings.

With contributions from artists, musicians and a selection of record labels,’32: The Rescore traces the consequences of the congress into the 21st century, considering a variety of networks and channels, such as concert houses, YouTube, SoundCloud, vinyl records and cassettes, through which contemporary Arab music is accessed and enjoyed. Drawing on the aesthetic, political and cultural debates the congress embraced, the exhibition reflects on the forces that drive and shape contemporary Arab music.

Artists Hasan Hujairi, Jumana Manna, Joe Namy and Julia Tieke bring attention to the political, architectural and discursive sites of Arabic music, while record labels HIZZ, NAAR and NAWA Recordings showcase experimental practices that lie outside categorisations of genre or geographic delineation.  The exhibition considers critical and experimental approaches to music making within fluctuating, asymmetrical political and economic streams, reminding us that musical influence extends beyond geographical or epistemological frontiers to espouse the synthesis and limitless transformation of musical forms.

Jumana Manna, A Magical Substance Flows into Me, 2016
HD video, colour, sound
66 minutes
Co-commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation and Chisenhale Gallery with Malmö Konsthall
and the Biennale of Sydney

Selection of NAWA Recordings album releases

12-inch vinyl record

Selection of HIZZ releases on cassette

Joe Namy, Libretto-o-o: a stained window reflecting the bright sunshine heavy with love, 2019
Stained glass, marble, spray paint, wallpaper, sound Dimensions variable
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation

Hasan Hujairi, About the Time We Didn’t Wait, 2019
2-channel video, sound
11 minutes 14 seconds
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation

Conversational Score: Choreography for Imaginary Dār #1, 2019
Edition of 1000 posters
42 x 59.4 cm each


Julia Tieke ‘je profite maintenant de l'occasion’ (I take the opportunity now), 2019
3-channel video, multimedia installation, 4 minutes 45 second
Dimensions variable
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation