Rethinking Rethinking Kuwait

Rethinking Rethinking Kuwait

Kuwaiti Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Rabab Raes Kazem, Envisioning the future of Kuwait, 2023. Collage, print on mylar, 42 x 29.7 cm.

May 13, 2023
Rethinking Rethinking Kuwait
May 20–November 26, 2023
Press preview: May 18
Inauguration: May 19, 10am
Magazzino Del Sale N.5
Dorsoduro, 262
30123 Venice

Rethinking Rethinking Kuwait
The Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts, and Literature (NCCAL) is excited to announce its fifth national participation at the 18th International Venice Architecture Biennale. The pavilion, titled Rethinking Rethinking Kuwait, explores new methods for architectural and urban design that emerge from the intersections of space and time. The project is an ongoing investigation attempting to rectify the effects of modernist urban planning that led to the erasure of most of Kuwait’s historic built fabric.

The pavilion, located at Magazzino Del Sale N.5, explores ideas of decolonization and decarbonization by rethinking means of transportation and accessibility. The project looks at Kuwait at a national scale with a focused study on Kuwait City as a prototypical condition. The exhibition features various studies that explore transitional spaces in the city that range in scope and scale. In our collective philosophy, history is treated as a spiral rather than a linear timeline; looking for moments of precedent that can inform future developments.

May 20–November 26, 2023
Preview days:
May 18–19, 2023
Inauguration: May 19, 2023, at 10am
Location: Magazzino Del Sale N.5 Dorsoduro, 262, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy

For additional information: rethinking.kuwait [​at​] / Instagram: @rethinking.kuwait

The NCCAL was established in 1973 by Amiri Decree, the Council seeks to preserve and promote the arts throughout Kuwait and aims to cultivate a productive environment for artists. Today, the duties of the organization vary from maintaining museums, public libraries, and cultural centers, to organizing excavations, renovating pre-oil structures, arranging annual cultural festivals, hosting readings and lectures, and representing Kuwait at cultural events abroad.

Acting Secretary General for the National Council for Culture Arts and Literature / Kuwait (NCCAL): Dr. Mohammad Al Jassar / Commissioner: Abdulaziz Almazeedi—National Council for Culture Arts and Literature, Kuwait (NCCAL) / Curators: Hamad Alkhaleefi, Naser Ashour, Rabab Raes Kazem, Mohammad Kassem / Exhibitors: Abdulaziz Bazuhair, Abdullah Albusaili, Aliaa Mahdy, Aziz Motawa, Bader Al Moulah, Batool Ashour, Dana Alrashid, Fatima Al Fulaij, Jassim Alelwani, Malak Al Suwaihel, Maryam Mohammed, Mohammed Khesroh, Nada Abu-Daqer, Noor Abdulkhaleq, Nour Jafar, Nourah Alazmi, Qutaiba Buyabes, Sara Al-zeer, Sayer Al Sayer, Sultan Alsamhan, Yasmeen Abdal, Zahra Al-Mahdi, Zahra Hashim / Contributors: Abdulrahman Sadeq, Fareed Alghimlas, Hasan Al Saffar, Jassim Alnashmi, Latifa Al-Hajji, Maha Al Asaker, Suad Al-Bahar, Vinod Kumar.

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