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National Pavilion UAE features ‘Passage’ by Emirati filmmaker at Venice Biennale

Passage is a 26 minute film based on the experience of displacement. The work will be on display inside the permanent space of the National Pavilion UAE at the Arsenale - Sale d’Armi from 11th May until November 24, 2019.

The UAE’s Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi has opened Passage, the National Pavilion UAE’s exhibition at the 58th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale.

Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Passage is a single-work exhibition presenting a 26-minute, two-channel video and twelve-channel sound installation by acclaimed poet, filmmaker and artist Nujoom Alghanem.

Filmed in the UAE and Venice, the site-specific work Passage has been closely developed with the curators, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, and incorporates contemporary Arabic poetry into the language of film, providing a reflection on the experience of displacement.

The dignitaries that attended the inauguration of the National Pavilion UAE were Salem Al Qasimi, Assistant Undersecretary for Arts and Heritage at the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development; Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman, UAE Unlimited; Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation; Abdullah Al Shamsi, UAE Consul General in Milan; Rana Al Dhaheri, Second Secretary of the UAE Embassy in Rome; Hala Badri, Director General, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority; and Angela Migally, Executive Director, Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.

The National Pavilion UAE is commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.

Hosting more than 90 countries, the Venice Biennale attracted a footfall of over 600,000 visitors at last year’s edition of its art exhibition.

Passage will be on display inside the permanent space of the National Pavilion UAE at the Arsenale – Sale d’Armi from 11th May until November 24, 2019.