AFAC is proud to announce that 6 of our grantees will be a part of the 56th Venice Biennale (May 9- Nov 22, 2015). La Biennale di Venezia is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world and takes place every two years. Countries are invited to exhibit an artist or group of artists in their national pavilions.
The participating AFAC grantees are Mounira Al Solh (Lebanon), Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige (Lebanon), Ala Younis (Jordan), and Philip Rizk & Jasmina Metwaly (Egypt).
Mounira Al Solh will be exhibiting her limited edition periodical magazine "NOA" (Not Only Arabic) at the 56th International Art Exhibition: All the Worlds Futures. "NOA" is only made available for solo viewings that must be arranged by appointment. Ala Younis will also be showing her work, Plan for Greater Baghdad, at this exhibition. Produced in two and three dimensional prints, Plan for Greater Baghdad traces the stories and links around Saddam Hussein Gymnasium in Baghdad that was designed by Le Corbusier. Activated by a set of 35mm slides taken by architect Rifat Chadirji in 1982, the project reproduces documents that relate to monuments, architects, governments, and the shifts and tensions between ideals and ideologies.
Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige will be presenting a daily reading of their artist book "Latent Images: Diary of a photographer", the third part of their project "Wonder Beirut". In addition to text, the book includes 38 photographic plates selected from hundreds of reels of exposed film, but until now never developed, by the Lebanese photographer Abdallah Farah between the years 1997 and 2006. They will be presenting at the ARENA, an active space dedicated to continuous live programming across disciples, located within the Central Pavilion in the Giardini.
Jasmina Metwaly and Philip Rizk, whose film "Out OnThe Street" (Barra Fel Share’) recently premiered at the Berlinale, were chosen to exhibit a film installation based on the film at the German Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale. The Cairo-based duo, together with the artists Olaf Nicolai, Hito Steyerl and Tobias Zielony, who live and work in Berlin, will be transforming the German Pavilion, curated by Florian Ebner, into a setting that focuses on the presence of images in contemporary life.
The history of the Venice Biennale dates back to 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organized. In the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival ever organized). In 1980 the first Intl. Architecture Exhibition took place, and in 1999 dance made its debut at the Venice Biennale. As of today, the biennale has an average attendance of over 370,000 at the Art Exhibition.