Hassan Sharif



Masks, 2016

Mixed media

112.20h x 94.49w x 17.32d in (285h x 240w x 44d cm)

Hammer, 2008

Hammer and copper

3.90h x 15w x 5.90d in (9.91h x 38.10w x 14.99d cm)

Spoons No. 5, 2012

Spoons and copper

18.90h x 19.70w x 55.10d in (48.01h x 50.04w x 139.95d cm)

Spoons No. 3, 2012

Spoons And Copper

27.60h x 31.90w in (70.10h x 81.03w cm)

Rug 3, 2013

Mixed Media

128h x 74.80w x 9.80d in (325.12h x 189.99w x 24.89d cm)

Copper 1, 2012


31.10h x 23.20w in (78.99h x 58.93w cm)

Aluminum and Paper, 1998

Aluminum and paper

Dimensions variable

Lead No. 5, 2014

Mixed media

15.80h x 7.50w x 2.80d in (40.13h x 19.05w x 7.11d cm)

Lead No. 2, 2014

Mixed media

16.50h x 15.80w x 2.40d in (41.91h x 40.13w x 6.10d cm)

Plugs No. 1, 2014

Mixed media

Dimensions variable

Cadmium Red, 2014

Mixed media

38.58h x 64.96w x 1.57d in (98h x 165w x 4d cm)


First conceptualized in the 1980s, Sharif’s Objects are anchored in the process of weaving, which he describes: “Weaving requires a very simple handicraft that is at once repetitive and non-repetitive.” Responding to the landscape of material culture in the U.A.E., which has undergone rapid social and economic changes since its independence in 1971, Sharif’s Objects are created from consumer products sourced from local markets and stores, including spoons, towels, floor mats, and electronic wiring. The selected works in the exhibition both transform and synthesize these materials, questioning authorship and labor, permanence and social stability. For Sharif, his Objects are closely connected to his own body and push notions of social exchange.