15/15 The Shaikh Ebrahim Center Celebrates 15 Years



Exhibition dates
December 2016 – March 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed)


Background information
In January 2017, the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research will be celebrating its 15
th anniversary. On this occasion, the center will host the exhibition 15/15 – commissioning 15 artists to create individual site specific projects in 15 of the restored historical Bahraini houses belonging to the Shaikh Ebrahim Center. The exhibition will be the launch event in a series of events celebrating this important milestone in the history of the center.

Exhibition concept
The exhibition 15/15 is a unique opportunity to examine Bahrain’s cultural and architectural heritage through the prism of contemporary artistic practice. Located in traditional urban conglomerations of Muharraq and Manama, the houses of the Shaikh Ebrahim Center present a unique point of departure for examining the interplay between traditions and heritage, which form the bedrock of our identity, and contemporary practice, which probes, questions, and looks into the future. 

Project details
Artists are invited to create new and site-specific artworks Inspired by the history of the individual buildings of the Shaikh Ebrahim Center, their architecture, or the personalities/missioms/crafts to whom the buildings are dedicated. The individual projects should have a direct connection to the building, forming a response or dialogue. 

In general, houses should be left as they are, minimizing any movement of furniture and artworks. Removal of any items from the buildings is strictly limited and subject to approval on a case by case basis.
Once individual artists have responded to the invitation, each artist will be allocated a specific house. Unfortunately, requests for specific houses cannot be accommodated.