National Pavilion of the Sultanate of Oman
For this inaugural participation in Venice, Oman will present a dynamic multimedia display by Omani artists, nominated by the Ministry of Culture Sports and Youth. This ensemble of prolific artists represent three generations of ground-breaking Omani art. Their multimedia display at the Oman Pavilion will include sculpture, installation and collage, representing a dynamic intergenerational dialogue exploring Oman’s modern and historical art movements.
Art Historian and Curator Dr Aisha Stoby will curate the Sultanate of Oman’s inaugural pavilion at the 59th International Venice Art Biennale.Dr Stoby researches and lectures on regional art histories and most recently taught global art theory at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She has curated exhibitions of Omani art both locally and globally, notably publishing work on and curating exhibitions with work by each of the represented artists in the pavilion over the past decade.
With a focus on modern art movements of the global south, her completed her PhD at SOAS entitled ‘Modern Art Movements in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia (1940 – 2007)’. Prior to this she received her master’s degree from London’s Royal College of Art in Curating Contemporary Art and holds a bachelor’s degree in History of Art and Archaeology from SOAS.