MFA Student to Represent UAE at Venice Biennale

Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem MFA '12 (Studio Art) selected to showcase his work at the Biennale's 55th International Art Exhibition

November 9, 2012

Acclaimed Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem MFA '12 (Studio Art) has been selected to represent the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the 55th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world.

Kazem's work will be featured at the exhibit taking place in Venice, Italy, from June 1 to November 24, 2013. His solo show will be curated by Reem Fadda, associate curator for Middle Eastern Art at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project.

This is the second time the former UArts artist-in-residence and curator has participated in the Venice Biennale, having exhibited in 2009 with the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

Kazem, who also studied painting at the Emirates Fine Arts Society, most recently curated the experimental art exhibition "MinD (Made in Dubai) - Dubai Contemporary" that featured the work of two fellow MFA in Studio Art students. The exhibit was on display this spring at the Dubai Community Theater and Arts Centre in the Emirate city.

"Directions" (detail), Sunlight numbers and figures on paper, 2011.

Showcasing the world's most acclaimed artists since its founding in 1895, the Venice Biennale's International Art Exhibition is the largest non-commercial international showcase of contemporary art in the world. This biannual event features nationally hosted pavilions located throughout the city of Venice. Next year's participation will mark the third time the UAE has been represented and the first time it has presented a solo show in its pavilion.

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