National Pavilion for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Venice Biennale
Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions of Play
Five UAE-based contemporary artists have been selected by curator Hammad Nasar to present work in Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions of Play that will be the fifth participation by the UAE at the Venice Biennale. The artists are: Nujoom Alghanem, Sara Al Haddad, Vikram Divecha, Lantian Xie and Dr. Mohamed Yousif. The exhibition will explore a strand of artistic practice in the UAE through the analogy of play. Featuring existing works, re-fabrication of ‘lost’ works and new commissions, the exhibition will stage a set of nested questions: Where does ‘playfulness’ in artistic practice come from? How and where is ‘play’ nurtured? What does ‘play’ do?
The National Pavilion United Arab Emirates (UAE) la Biennale Di Venezia manages the UAE’s participation in the Venice Biennale, considered by many to be the most prominent of exhibitions for contemporary art, architecture and film. The National Pavilion was established to endorse the UAE’s contemporary practices on an international platform and provide a foundation to support the nation’s diverse and developing cultural scene. In 2013 the UAE was awarded with a historic long-term hospitality agreement (permanent pavilion) in the Arsenale – Sale d’Armi, providing the Emirates a platform to showcase visual arts and architecture for a period of 20 years. The National Pavilion UAE was initiated by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development and the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation act as Commissioner for the Pavilion. National Pavilion also organises the Venice Internship, a specialised programme offering a range of training opportunities for young citizens of the UAE to get experience in the industry through a month long internship on-site in Venice acting as exhibition managers.
16 March 2017
Curator Talk: Hammad Nasar, UAE Pavilion 2017 Curator and Hind Mezaina, Artist
Yard Majlis, Alserkal Avenue
13 May – 26 November 2017
Opening Preview: 10 – 12 May 2017
Entrance to the UAE's permanent pavilion at la Biennale di Venezia, located at Arsenale - Sale d'Armi in Venice, Italy. Photo courtesy of National Pavilion UAE