Sheikha Hoor to curate UAE Pavilion at next year's Venice Biennale

Sheikha Hoor to curate UAE Pavilion at next year's Venice Biennale

The first Emirati curator since the UAE Pavilion's 2009 Venice debut

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Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, the president of the Sharjah Art Foundation and the director of the Sharjah Biennial, has been selected as the curator for next year’s UAE Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, known for her extensive contribution to the region's art and cultural landscape, will curate next year's UAE Pavilion at the world-renowned Venice Biennale.

"We are proud [that] Her Excellency Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi will curate our 2015 exhibition in Venice. The National Pavilion will greatly benefit from her expertise and vision," said Sheikha Mariam bint Mohammed Al Nahyan, chair of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation.

This will be the first time since 2009 that an Emirati has curated the show, giving the Sheikha a profound sense of patriotisim and responibility as she creates 2015's UAE Pavilion in Venice. "For me, I feel like it is more personal. I am Emirati, I am representing my own country, so perhaps I have more of a responsibility than the other curators," Sheikha Hoor said adding, "Also, I run an institution in the UAE, I grew up here, the art scene here is what influenced me at a young age, so this is something I am very passionate about."

Past curators of the UAE Pavilion include Tirdad Zolghadr, a Berlin-based Iranian curator in 2009, Vasif Kortun from Turkey in 2011, and Reem Fadda from Palestine, who curated Mohammed Kazem's show last year.

The 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, will run from May 9 to November 22, 2015.