Ever since Egypt’s first participation in 1938, several national pavilions and collateral projects from across the Arab world have been featured at the Venice Biennale. Some have become staples with long term leaseholds in the Arsenale. Others only manage to participate when a number of political and economic factors align. This roundtable explores the ways in which artists and curators are forced to navigate the reductionism that plagues this extremely heterogeneous part of the world on one hand, and the nationalism that underpins some of these manifestations on the other.
Nat Muller (curator of Dabish Pavilion 2019), Khulood Al Atiyat (director, Salama bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, Abu Dhabi and commissioner of the UAE Pavilion), Hamdi Attia (artist of Egyptian Pavilion, winner of the Golden Lion in 1995). Moderated by Till Fellrath (special advisor, Hub Middle East and founder, Art Reoriented)