The UAE announces a long-term hospitality agreement reached with la Biennale di Venezia for a “Permanent Pavilion” in the Arsenale – Sale d’Armi.

The exhibition is being held from
1 June – 24 November, 2013.


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Curator — Tridad Zolghadr

Tridad Zolghadr is a freelance writer and curator based in Berlin. He writes for frieze, Parkett, Bidoun and other publications, and is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine.

Zolghadr has curated events in a wide range of venues, also co-curating the international Sharjah Biennial 2005.

He’s a founding member of the Shahrzad art & design collective, and has just published his first novel Softcore with Telegram Books London. Writing and curating aside, Zolghadr filmed and directed the documentaries Tehran 1380 (with Solmaz Shahbazi), winning the Young Filmmaker’s Award of Duisburg 2002, and Tropical Modernism, which premiered at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival 2006. Zolghadr has taught extensively, currently teaching at CCS, Bard College NY.


Featured Artist — Lamya Gargash

Emirati photographer and filmmaker Lamya Hussain Gargash was born in Dubai in 1982 and studied Visual Communications at the American University of Sharjah, from which she graduated in 2004. In 2005, she went to the UK to continue her studies and recieved a Masters of Arts in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2007.

Her work frequently dwells on themes of identity, culture and the passage of time, as evoked in modes of dress and the design of architectural spaces.

Her work has been featured internationally, most recently at the 2009 Sharjah Biennial; in Dubai Next (organized at the Vitra Museum by Rem Koolhaas and Jack Persekian in conjunction with Art Basel 2008); in Abu Dhabi Art, Talk & Sensations (organized by Fabrice Bousteau in conjunction with artparis Abu Dhabi 2008); and at the Locarno Film Festival 2006.

Solo projects include Presence, which records the process of urbanization and spatial abandonment in the UAE, and Dubai/London, which compares the fashion styles of Emirati women in the two cities.



Traffic —

Traffic is a multi-disciplinary art and design practice founded in 2007 by Rami Farook.

With backgrounds in graphic and communication, art, industrial and interior design, interactive media and light architecture they develop a variety of self-initiated and commissioned projects that are both stimulating and demanding to the user.

For the Venice Biennale, traffic was commissioned for the entire visual communications exercise and collaborated with architect Kris Kempe in designing the pavilion via lighting and furniture development.

D’haeseleer & Kimpe & Poelaert

D’haeseleer & Kimpe & Poelaert was founded in Antwerp in 2001 by Kris Kimpe and Bruno Poelaert.

Pieter D’haeseleer joined the team in 2006. Apart from their usual work as architects, the collective is also involved in joint ventures with visual artists to realize specific architectural projects, including Orla Barry, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Dan Graham, Aglaia Konrad, Narcisse Tordoir and Luc Tuymans.

Selected projects include the Tuymans – Arocha house (2003); the Luc Tuymans studio (2006) and the design of the ‘Mimétisme’ – exhibition, Anslem Franke / Extra City (2008).

Norm —

Co-founded in 1999 by Dimitri Bruni and Manuel Krebs, NORM is a Zurich-based graphics team which has defined and now executes an iconoclastic, but intellectually rigorous approach to typography and imagery both for experimental work and commercial projects such as the typography for Cologne Airport.

NORM questions the legacy of witzerland’s powerful mid-20th century typographic tradition throughout their work by determinedly ignoring the established conventions to create their own highly complex parallel system.

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