Abu Dhabi (Etihad)
The National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates has announced the appointment of the Associate Dean and Associate Professor of the Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah as curator of the next edition of the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates. Held at the Venice Biennale 2023 outside the 18th International Architecture Exhibition. Tabara’s selection follows the presentation of her research proposal, which aims to trace the dimensions of the expanding relationship between the architectural landscape and arid or arid nature in the United Arab Emirates, and frame it in a new framework that makes her imagine how expansive. rich and productive.
Tabara was selected following the UAE National Pavilion’s open invitation to all creative cadres and bright minds of designers, architects and thinkers from the UAE and around the world to develop research studies proposed for the National Pavilion’s participation in the next edition. International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2023. Challenge candidates to explore fascinating aspects of the architectural landscape or urban environment of the Emirates, to facilitate an inspiring dialogue on local, regional and international architectural practice.
The results of Tabara’s research will be presented at the National Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Biennale and will be accompanied by a book written according to the main theme of the 2023 Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, “Laboratory of the future”. , is held under the auspices of curator Leslie Loko, a Scottish-Ghanaian architect, academic, speaker, and author of many bestselling novels.
Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaab, Minister of Culture and Youth, said: The Ministry of Culture and Youth supports the UAE National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale due to its role as a leader and guide of the cultural sector and creative. The country is aligned with its efforts to strengthen its position on the world map of innovation, and from the Ministry we have full confidence in those responsible for the pavilion and in the methodology they follow in the selection of projects. Gifts that represent the State and its identity, present and future”.
His Excellency continued: “We are confident that the Tabara project will contribute to the thriving architectural scene in the UAE and we believe in the importance of empowering brilliant minds and creative talents and their ability to contribute to sustainable development. development and achieve the country’s renaissance.
In this regard, Faisal Tabara, associate dean and associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah and curator of the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates at the Venice Biennale, said: “I am delighted to have been selected. As a curator representing the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates at the Venice Biennale, I did not miss this opportunity. Without my sincere thanks and thanks to the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, official commissioner of the National Pavilion, for giving me this wonderful opportunity to deepen my research studies, which are now gaining more and more strength in the international dialogue of architecture. The idea behind the exhibition revolves around the drought and arid lands that will overshadow many regions in the near future, and through this exhibition viewers will explore these vast areas as rich and productive spaces. “
This exhibition represents one of the first participations by the architect of the national pavilion Tabara in an international architecture exhibition at the Venice Biennale and his second participation in an international architecture exhibition at the Venice Biennale in general.
For her part, Angela Megali, Executive Director of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, said: “The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation is proud to continue its commitment and support to the cultural and creative sector in the UAE. In recent years, the UAE National Pavilion has served as a cultural beacon, raising awareness of Emirati stories by international audiences and has made significant strides in presenting its message to the world by showcasing best practices and local artistic best practices. cultural scene and share the achievements of the United Arab Emirates at the Venice Biennale, considered one of the most outstanding international cultural events.
For her part, Laila Bin Brik, Coordinating Director of the UAE National Pavilion, said: “This year, we invite audiences around the world to explore another story about the UAE, taking their imagination to new frontiers, under surveillance. . Curator Faisal Tabara, who in turn will add new value to the exhibition. Emirates engages in dialogue in the field of architecture. As part of our support for architect Tabara and his research studios, we hope the UAE can provide a dialogue that connects us with other communities around the world facing the same dry climate challenges to strengthen collaboration. and work together to find solutions and tools that can create a better future.”
Source: Al Ittihad