ABU DHABI/VENICE– The exhibition of the National Pavilion UAE at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, opens this week with “Passage”, a 26-minute, two-channel video and twelve-channel sound installation by poet, filmmaker and artist Nujoom Alghanem.
Passage expands Alghanem’s experimentation with contemporary Arabic poetry through the language of film. Taking her quintessential 2009 poem, “The Passerby Collects the Moonlight” as a point of departure, this installation explores the universal experience of displacement.
“Through Passage, I seek to intertwine the parallels between my personal experience and the films’ two main protagonists, the actress Amal, and Falak the fictional character she portrays. The film employs the complex realities lived by many women as a vehicle to reflect, in a metaphorical manner, on some of the most pressing challenges of our time,” she said.
The National Pavilion UAE is commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development. The UAE has participated in the exhibition since 2009 and maintains a permanent pavilion in the Arsenale – Sale d’Armi. 2019 marks the UAE’s sixth participation at the event.