IRTH. Saudi Arabia Pavilion at the Venice Biennial

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Saudi Arabia Pavilion at the Venice Biennial
AlBara Saimaldahar.
Noura Bouzo, Basma Bouzo.
Assistant curators.- Cyril Zammit, Joharah Lou Pabalate.
Saudi Arabia Ministry of Culture
May 20 to November 26, 2023.
Venue / Localitation
Arsenale. Sale d’Armi. Venice, Italy.
Alvise Busetto.

AlBara Saimaldahar

AlBara Saimaldahar. He brings over a decade of professional design and execution experience to his role as the creative director of Dahr. He started his career as an architect at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP in London. Later on, he returned to Jeddah and worked on a number of impactful projects in different capacities and, ultimately, as the CEO of BWWF. In 2016, AlBara founded Dahr Studio exploring and developing objects and destinations marrying elements of craft and architecture. With attention to detail and a focus on materials, Saimaldahar oversees the design and execution of various projects on land and offshore, ranging from historic buildings to hospitality.

Noura, Basma Bouzo

Noura Bouzo. In her twelve years as creative director, Noura has honed her love for research and worked on cultivating various contacts and connections in both the art and design world. Her curatorial briefs led to her team being chosen to represent Saudi Arabia at the first London Design Biennale and Design Days Dubai. She had furthermore worked on campaigns and activations with major companies, including Harvey Nichols, PEPSICO, Mercedes Benz, Van Cleef &Arpels, Google, Snohetta, and Zaha Hadid Architects to name just a few.
Basma Bouzo

Basma Bouzo. As an interdisciplinary creative rooted in scientific research, Basma has cultivated a distinct passion for championing cultural narratives. This infatuation for storytelling led her to launch Saudi Arabia’s first English art and culture magazine – Oasis, alongside her sister Noura. Basma co-founded Saudi Arabia’s first-ever Saudi Design Week and is the co-founder and CEO of the Saudi Design Festival. Basma has also represented Saudi Arabia globally, being the co-curator and designer of the Saudi Pavilion in the inaugural edition of the London Design Biennale.

Other representations include the Saudi Pavilion during Abwab at Dubai Design Week. Basma is also passionate about exploring homegrown and indigenous materials and revealing their full potential in the face of modernity. She has gone on to co-found and lead &bouqu an experience-led cultural and creative consultancy that harnesses the power of storytelling to build strategies and execute high-impact projects at the intersection of creativity, arts, culture, design, and innovation.



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