- Uzbekistan unveils Mahalla Unframed at Alserkal Art Week in Dubai
The Art and Culture Development Foundation will present an interdisciplinary exhibition Mahalla Unframed at Alserkal Art Week which is taking place in Dubai during Art Dubai Fair.
Exhibition and a series of public talks on the preservation of cultural heritage, the future of museums and the revival of traditional crafts in contemporary design will be organised by Foundation in contemporary design Alserkal Avenue Warehouse 46.
Mahalla Unframed virtually takes the visitor within the walls of a typical Tashkent courtyard house. A cloud of millions of points. In the background it’s possible to discover life-size abstraction in tubular steel that was presented during Uzbekistan National Participation at the 17th international Architecture Exhibition - La biennale di Venezia. Curated by Christ &Gantenbein, with the participation of Carlos Casas and Bas Princen.
Rapidly developing cultural cooperation between the UAE and Uzbekistan
In November 2021 the Art and Culture Development Foundation presented an extensive cultural program within National participation of Uzbekistan at EXPO-2020. Later on, in December 2021, ACDF presented exhibition "Dixit Algorizmi" at the Al Burda festival, which was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs of the UAE.
Today's participation of the Art and Culture Development Foundation at Alserkal Art Week is a unique opportunity to tell about the cultural potential of Uzbekistan and integrate the country into the global contemporary art environment.
The Foundation presents Uzbekistan in a new way, as a country with progressive thinking and creative potential that helps to create a future for the benefit of humanity by shaping shared values. The UAE and Uzbekistan are historically closely linked and the implementation of joint cultural projects further strengthens bilateral cooperation between the UAE and Uzbekistan in several priority areas.
Art and Culture Development Foundation of the Republic of Uzbekistan presents Mahalla Unframed exhibition at Alserkal Art Week in Dubai
Hosted by: Alserkal Art Week
Venue: Warehouse 46, Alserkal Avenue
Exhibition “Mahalla Unframed”
Timeline: 8-13 March 2022
Opening hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Contributors: Giga Design Studio, Milan, Italy
Description: MAHALLA UNFRAMED virtually takes the visitor within the walls of a typical Tashkent courtyard house. A cloud of millions of points. In the background it’s possible to discover life-size abstraction in tubular steel that was presented at the Uzbekistan National Participation at the 17th international Architecture Exhibition - La biennale di Venezia. Curated by Christ &Gantenbein, with the participation of Carlos Casas and Bas Princen.
Public Talks “ACDF Unframed”
Timeline: 11-12 March 2022
Duration of each session: 1.5 hours
March 11 Friday
Plenary Session I
Topic: Revival of traditional crafts in contemporary design
Cyril Zammit – Cyril Zammit - design advisor and consultant. Founder of Design Days Dubai and Dubai Design Week and columnist (Dubai, UAE)
- Nada Debs - Designer (Beirut, Lebanon)
- Ahmad Angawi – Designer (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
- Nisreen and Nermeen Abudail, Naqsh Collective - Artists and Designers (Amman, Jordan / Dubai, UAE)
- Abdalla AlMulla, Architect and Designer (Dubai, UAE)
Description: How do we envision the role of traditional craft in the development of contemporary design, architecture and art? What sustainable solutions can craftsmanship give to contemporary designers? How to preserve the our heritage without losing its essence?
March 12 Saturday
Topic: Museum of Tomorrow
Partners: Atelier Bruckner (Stuttgart, Germany)
Wassim Melki - Associate Partner, ATELIER BRÜCKNER, the project lead on the Museum of the Future (Dubai, UAE)
- Brendan Mc Getrick – Creative Director Museum of the Future Dubai
- Hervé Barbaret - CEO of FranceMuseums (Paris/AbuDhabi), one of responsible for the planning of Louvre Abu Dhabi.
- Fadi Jabri – CEO Nikken Sekkei architects (Dubai)
- Britta Nagel – leading expert of the Creative Department, partner ATELIER BRÜCKNER Stuttgart
Description: How do we envision the role of museums in the future? How can museums stay relevant in our societies, especially for upcoming generations and including new communities? Join a discussion with top management of Museum of the Future (Dubai), FranceMuseums (Louvre Abu Dhabi/Paris), Nikken Sekkei Architects (Dubai/Tokio) and ATELIER BRÜCKNER (Stuttgart/Seoul) on trends and challenges in museum planning from different perspectives - content and curation, positioning and organization, urban planning and architecture, exhibition design and co-creation.
Plenary session II
Topic: Living Heritage: Preservation and Development Practices
Partners: ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Gayane Umerova - Executive director of the Art and Culture Development Foundation under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan; Secretary - General of the National Commission of the Republic of Uzbekistan for UNESCO
- Noura Al-Sayeh Holtrop - architect and curator, Head of Architectural Affairs at the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA). (Bahrain)
- Emanuel Christ – co-founder of architectural studio Christ & Gantenbein (basel), professor of architecture at ETH Zurich and Harvard GSD, co-curator of the Uzbekistan National Pavilion at 17th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. (Zurich)
- Abha Narain Lambah – architect and restoration architect of UNESCO World Heritage sites in India (India)
- Sumayya Vally – architect, founder and director of Counterspace studio in Johannesburg (South Africa)
This session will focus on the contemporary development of urban fabric within contexts of high heritage value. Using this opportunity Uzbekistan will present the project “Mahalla: Urban Rural Living”, launched at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in May 2021. In Uzbekistan, a ‘mahalla’ is a traditional neighborhood and form of community life; a Modern institution of power; and a place where state and society meet at local level. These multiple meanings are at stake within an urban fabric developing at high pace. The discussion will address challenges of preservation of a living heritage and of evolution of a fragile ecosystem which has the potential to offer society sustainable ways of living.