54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates. Interview with Dr. Lamees Hamdan

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Lamees Hamdan, Commissioner of the Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates at the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Wednesday June 1, 2011

Interview with Dr. Lamees Hamdan, commissioner of the Pavilion of the UAE presents “Second Time Around” at the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

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Initiated and supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy and the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the Pavilion of the UAE presents “Second Time Around” at the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is developed and presented under the leadership of its Commissioner, Dr. Lamees Hamdan, a member of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and Curator Vasıf Kortun, an internationally respected writer and Director of Research and Programs, SALT, Istanbul.

“Second Time Around” presents the work of three artists: One an obstinate artist who does not care one way or another if he is in any exhibition as long as he is able to work in his own precise way, a second very young artist whose installation practice speaks to the UAE in the most novel way probable, and third an artist who has assimilated, and dehypostatized the transformation of her environs. The exhibition does not offer totalizing claims or weak sociology. It is “curated” around three artistic positions, Reem Al Ghaith, Abdullah Al Saadi and Lateefa Bint Maktoum. It is set in same-size spaces that are actual islands on their own.

The architecture firm Superpool created the scenography of the UAE Pavilion exhibition, stating that, “UAE Pavilion is one of the largest halls in the Arsenale. The aim of the scenography is to focus on each artist without dividing the hall into segments. Three “islands” work as simple support structures to the artists who are very different in their approach and use of media, existing individually within the spaciousness of the hall”.

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