Passage by Nujoom Alghanem
Abu Dhabi Art, in partnership with ADMAF and the National Pavilion UAE – La Biennale di Venezia are showcasing a seminal installation by Emirati artist Nujoom Al Ghanem titled Passage as part of Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2021, and as part of Abu Dhabi Festival’s 2022 flagship exhibition Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives. Passage is an immersive video and sound installation created by the acclaimed poet, filmmaker and artist and featuring actress Amal Hawijeh. Filmed in the UAE and Venice, Passage was conceived and developed for the National Pavilion UAE’s exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia, with the 2019 pavilion curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, co-founders of multidisciplinary curatorial platform Art Reoriented. The work responds to the theme of La Biennale for that year, May You Live in Interesting Times, and explores themes of displacement and journeying.