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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 137

Expo: Palestine at Venice

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 Maggio 2009

palestineVenezia June 7 until September 30, 2009 Convento Ss. Cosma & Damiano, Campo S.Cosmo, Giudecca Palanca,  Open daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm (closed Mondays, except June 8) Artists: Taysir Batniji Shadi HabibAllah Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti Emily Jacir Jawad Al Malhi Khalil Rabah Curator: Salwa Mikdadi Commissioner: Vittorio Urbani. Palestine c/o Venice is the first participation of contemporary art from Palestine at this major international art event. The seven participating artists, commissioned to create new art works, were chosen for their outstanding commitment to their art as well as their ability to bridge local and global themes. To insure that Palestinian communities join in celebrating this inaugural exhibition, six Palestinian art institutions in Jerusalem and the West Bank will exhibit duplicates of the works that will be inaugurated simultaneously in Venice. The Venice Biennale, started in 1895, is the world’s oldest and most prestigious exhibition of international contemporary art.  The Biennial National pavilions are official state representation and collateral events are organized by institutions. There are 29 permanent national pavilions situated in Giardini, and the rest are distributed across Venice. Most collateral events are situated in historical Venetian buildings, such as the venue that hosts the Palestinian exhibition, a Monastery built in 1492 by Benedictine Nuns on Giudecca Island. The Monastery, SS. Cosma e Damiano, later passed on to the Dominicans until 1807 when the nuns moved to San Zaccaria and the building and the nearby church were transferred to civilian administration. In the 2007 edition of the Venice Biennale there were thirty-four collateral events spread around Venice attracting 650,000 visitors and the event was covered by accredited press that reached a record number of 5,691. (photo Palestine)

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