Founded in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the oldest one in the world. Promoting established and emerging creatives, this year’s edition once again highlights film, architecture, art, theater, and dance from April 23 until November 27. Here’s what to look out for:
The Lebanese Pavilion
Inspired by the bustling streets of Beirut, sprinkled with a number of innovative buildings and structures, the pavilion is saturated with references to the city’s everyday life. The pavilion’s designers, architect Aline Asmar d’Amman and Nada Ghandour, see the pavilion as a space for continual rebirth and regeneration. Themed The World in the Image of Man, it gives visitors the chance to make new discoveries and interact with each other. A number of artists’ works are featured, including Ayman Baalbaki and Danielle Arbid, all of which reveal the vivacity of Lebanese creativity.
The Milk of Dreams
The international art exhibition takes its title from surrealist artist Leonora Carrington’s children’s book in which she created a world where life is visualized through the medium of the imagination. The exhibition takes guests on a journey of metamorphoses and discovering the very definition of being human. Keep an eye out for work from artist Noor Abuarafeh, who splits her time between Jerusalem, Palestine, and the Netherlands.
How Will We Live Together
The curator of this artistic platform is Lebanese architect Hashim Sarkis. He aims to answer how we will live together by asking participants to envisage spaces where people can come together globally, despite economic and politically partisan views, and find solutions to global issues. His initiative illustrates the theme of unity, a central theme for the organization. Sarkis hopes that issues such as diversity and sustainability are also addressed, pushing dialogue to the forefront.
Originally published in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Vogue Man Arabia