Egyptian architects Islam el Mashtooly and Mouaz Abouzaid, architecture professor Cristiano Luchetti, art director and producer Giuseppe Moscatello, and art director Karim Moussa at Egyptian Pavilion “Roba becciah: The informal city”
CAIRO – 31 May 2018: The Egyptian exhibition, under the theme “Roba becciah: The informal city”, is running from May 26 to November 25 at the 16th edition of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale; it sheds light on the strategic redevelopment of less fortunate areas with traditional souks and informal markets across Egypt.
Egypt's Consul General in Milan Ehab Abu Serie inaugurated the exhibition on Monday in the presence of Jehan Zaki, the head of Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome, as well as artists, experts, and international critics.
Abu Serie referred that Egypt is one of the first countries participating in the biennale, and won the best pavilion award in 1995.
He further explained that Venice Architecture Biennale is one of the world’s ancient cultural institutions that promotes for contemporary art through holding exhibitions and conducting researches in various fields; a total of 63 countries, including Egypt, participate in the current edition.
In the same context, the Egyptian pavilion was chosen by the Guardian as “one of the most interesting exhibitions in the Biennale", as it specifically liked the exhibition's outlook on Egyptian traditional souks and informal markets and the ways they have been flourished and how they should be integrated into a more formal system.
The theme was chosen by the Ministry of Culture, and is curated by Egyptian architects Islam el Mashtooly and Mouaz Abouzaid, architecture professor Cristiano Luchetti, art director and producer Giuseppe Moscatello, and art director Karim Moussa.
In the pavilion, disused and dismissed items by consumerist societies are collected and stacked in areas creating mono functional enclaves for future trading purposes.
The curators of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, chose "Freespace" as a theme for this year's edition.
"With the theme of Freespace, the Biennale Architettura 2018 will present public scrutiny examples, proposals, elements - built or un-built - of work that exemplify essential qualities of architecture which include the modulation, richness and materiality of surface as well as the orchestration and sequencing of movement, revealing the embodied power and beauty of architecture," according to the exhibition’s website.