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Curators Announced for “Space Wars”, the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2020

Curators Announced for “Space Wars”, the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2020

The National Council for Culture, Art and Letters (NCCAL) has selected curators Asaiel Al Saeed, Aseel AlYaqoub, Saphiya Abu Al-Maati, and Yousef Awaad, to design the Kuwait Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia.

Extraterritorial embassies across three operational landscapes. Image Courtesy of Asaiel Al Saeed, Aseel AlYaqoub, Saphiya Abu Al-Maati and Yousef Awaad Al-Abdali Embassy party in the farm to table tradition. Image Courtesy of Asaiel Al Saeed, Aseel AlYaqoub, Saphiya Abu Al-Maati and Yousef Awaad Infrastructure projects intended to connect currently non-existent, future developments are abruptly cut off by a protected archaeological site. Image Courtesy of Google Earth The introduction of a solar farm to maintain oil field operations 1,000x its land area, presents a sustainable alternative process for resource extraction. Image Courtesy of Google Earth + 7

Overhead Electrical Cables and Oil Pipelines’ courtesy of ‘Kuwait Pavilion in collaboration with Atlas of Places. Image Courtesy of Asaiel Al Saeed, Aseel AlYaqoub, Saphiya Abu Al-Maati and Yousef Awaad
Overhead Electrical Cables and Oil Pipelines’ courtesy of ‘Kuwait Pavilion in collaboration with Atlas of Places. Image Courtesy of Asaiel Al Saeed, Aseel AlYaqoub, Saphiya Abu Al-Maati and Yousef Awaad

Responding to this year’s theme of “How will we live together?” the pavilion, commissioned by Zahra Ali Baba, will tackle with notions of discovery, interpretation, and projection of the hinterland. In fact, with 2020 marking the 70th anniversary of the First Master Plan commission and the 30th anniversary of the Gulf War -known as The First Space War- Kuwait will serve as a case study to explore “hinter-urban spaces that enable the state”.

Unveiling past, present, and future narratives, the participation entitled Space Wars analyses the hinterland, “projecting spatial defenses, offenses or alliances that define the future of these landscapes under threat - threat from extinction, threat from overuse, threat from domination and, at times, the threat of being forgotten”.

Kuwait’s Functional Staging Grounds. Image Courtesy of Asaiel Al Saeed, Aseel AlYaqoub, Saphiya Abu Al-Maati and Yousef Awaad
Kuwait’s Functional Staging Grounds. Image Courtesy of Asaiel Al Saeed, Aseel AlYaqoub, Saphiya Abu Al-Maati and Yousef Awaad

As the radial city expands, curious about the future state of unoccupied landscapes that serve for resource extraction, agricultural cultivation, military installations, and cultural sedimentation, the curators investigate the inevitable spatial war. In fact, they ask “How will these spaces continue to exist next to, between and amidst one another? Will their territories surrender to the metropolitan’s expansion campaign?”

Working across disciplines of architecture, art, policy, and urbanism, the curators were chosenin response to NCCAL’s interest in commissioning projects that engage with cultural expressions and archaeological histories embodied in the desert landscape”.

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Cite: Christele Harrouk. "Curators Announced for “Space Wars”, the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2020" 24 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/934322/curators-announced-for-space-wars-the-kuwait-pavilion-at-the-venice-biennale-2020/> ISSN 0719-8884

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