The National Pavilion United Arab Emirates (UAE) – la Biennale di Venezia has selected 21 interns from the UAE and seven interns from Italy to participate in the 2017 edition of the Venice Biennale, which runs from May 13th to November 26th, 2017.
Each year, the National Pavilion UAE participates in the Venice Biennale with an exhibition exploring the arts or architectural practices of the UAE. The National Pavilion UAE is commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.
The National Pavilion UAE’s Venice Internship offers the opportunity for interns to gain hands-on experience staffing the UAE’s exhibition in Italy. The 2017 exhibition will be titled ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play’ and explore the theme of playfulness in artistic practice through the work of five artists: Nujoom Alghanem, Sara Al Haddad, Vikram Divecha, Lantian Xie and
The 2017 exhibition will be titled ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play’ and explore the theme of playfulness in artistic practice through the work of five artists: Nujoom Alghanem, Sara Al Haddad, Vikram Divecha, Lantian Xie and Dr Mohamed Yousif.
Since its inaugural participation at the Venice Biennale in 2009, the National Pavilion UAE has worked with more than 150 interns. Many former interns have gone on to pursue successful careers in the arts or architecture, including Sara Al Haddad, a Venice Internship alumna who has been selected to participate as an artist in the upcoming exhibition.
Laila Binbrek, co-ordinating director of the National Pavilion UAE, says: “Through the Venice Internship we are able to offer passionate young arts and architecture enthusiasts the opportunity to participate in this important moment, reflecting the National Pavilion UAE’s commitment to nurturing future generations of cultural professionals in the UAE. We’re delighted that Hammad Nasar, this year’s curator, has selected our former intern Sara Al Haddad as one of the artists to be included in this year’s exhibition; it’s a standout example of what we hope the Venice Internship can accomplish in its support for the UAE’s emerging creative practitioners.”
The Venice Internship offers training and opportunities for Emiratis and long-term residents of the UAE who have an interest in arts or architecture.