People & Community September 11, 2017

Emiratis travel to Venice for a chance to represent the UAE

Young Emiratis travel to Venice for a month to represent the UAE and its growing cultural and art scene at the Venice Biennale. 

Emiratis travel to Venice for a chance to represent the UAE

What better way to represent the UAE’s growing art scene than to attend one of the world’s greatest exhibitions in person?

This was the opportunity given to a group of UAE residents when they flew across continents to work at the prestigious Venice Biennale, an exhibition for contemporary art, architecture and film.

Volunteers managed the UAE’s National Pavilion stand where they gave visitors insight on the pieces on display, as well as the country’s cultural background.

The exhibition takes place every two years, which gives the young residents of the UAE a chance to intern for the event. Once selected, groups of interns are sent to Venice for a month during different phases of the event.

Events like these play a big role in providing international exposure to the future custodians of Abu Dhabi’s emerging art district, which includes the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim.

Mohammed Olama, 2017 Venice Biennale intern, said: “This internship is a great way for people to represent the region. The structure of the program provides a lot of opportunity for growth, both prior to and during the event."

“Interns’ job roles range from acting custodian of the UAE pavilion to handling any operational work.”

The UAE’s National Pavilion was established to support the UAE’s developing and growing cultural scene on an international platform.

Reem Hantoush, architect and Venice Biennale ambassador, said: “I see this internship an in-depth educational experience that allowed me to interact with people of different mindsets. I learned so much not only from the participants but also the content and challenges I was exposed to."

“During this exhibition I was also able to benchmark international practices that I could take home.”

The UAE was awarded with a permanent pavilion, providing the different Emirates with a platform to showcase visual arts and architecture for a period of 20 years.

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