The exhibition, curated by Reem Fadda, will see a solo presentation of Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem’s work for the third iteration of the National Pavilion in Venice.
Reem Fadda (b. 1979), curator of the National Pavilion for the United Arab Emirates for the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia is currently based in NYC where she works as Associate Curator – Middle Eastern Art for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Fadda is also a PhD candidate at Cornell University. Focusing on a number of projects in her native homeland of Palestine, Fadda was Director of the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art (PACA) and worked as Academic Director to the International Academy of Art – Palestine, which she helped found in 2006. She co-curated and had been involved in many projects such as: “Liminal Spaces”, a 4 year long artistic & political project, consisting of conferences, tours, art residencies and exhibitions;
“Ramallah Syndrome”, showcased at the 53rd Venice Biennale; «Tarjama/Translation» which was an ArteEast program, showcasing 30 artists from the Middle East and Central Asia at the Queens Museum & Herbert E. Johnson Museum; and the “3rd RIWAQ Biennale”, which she curated alongside Charles Esche in Ramallah.
Fadda is a member of the general assembly of both the International Academy of Art, and the Kamandjati Association, the selection jury of the Young Arab Theatre Fund and the steering committee of Decolonizing Architecture. Additionally, she was a recipient of both Chevening and Fulbright scholarships.
Supporting the National Pavilion for the first time is the Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.
The National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates is initiated and supported by His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.