National Pavilion UAE at the Venice Biennale 2017
National Pavilion UAE at the Venice Biennale 2017

UAE's national pavilion issues open call for curatorial proposals for Venice Biennale 2020

The National Pavilion UAE has recently issued an open call for curatorial proposals for the country's exhibition at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, to run from May to November 2020. 

According to a statement released by the pavilion, potential curators, including architects, designers, artists, historians or researchers with experience in the UAE and MENA region, are invited to submit concept proposals that relate to the UAE's architecture or built environment, and which contribute to the understanding of and discourse around architectural practice.

“The curatorship of the National Pavilion UAE’s 2020 exhibition is a prestigious opportunity to research the untold stories of the UAE and share this new knowledge with local and international communities," said Angela Migally, executive director of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation. "At the same time, the National Pavilion UAE is a platform for the generation of ground-breaking ideas for the future, offering the UAE the ability to lead a global conversation about urbanism, architecture and living in the modern world. We encourage all interested professionals to apply and join us in making a lasting contribution to the nation,”

Concept proposals should highlight the exhibition's curatorial theme, and approach the narrative within a local yet global approach. 

Application will be chosen on 31 October 2018, and selected finalists will be invited to present a full proposal for the second round of the process. 

“By broadening our selection process with this open call, the National Pavilion UAE is seeking out diverse perspectives and new voices who will build on our reputation for presenting thoughtful and deeply-researched architectural exhibitions,” said Laila Binbrek, co-ordinating director of the pavilion. “We are looking for a curatorial theme that advances a point of view on critical themes in architecture and urban development, and also unearths and reflects on the UAE’s heritage or contemporary discourse in a creative and globally-relevant way.”