The Majlis recreates a traditional Islamic gathering space, with materials not usually associated with structures of this kind. The design was created and executed in collaboration between architects Simón Vélez and Stefana Simic, and craftspeople located in Colombia, Morocco, and Italy.
The Majlis is installed in the gardens of the Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. The primary materials used for the Islamic gathering space include bamboo and handwoven textiles. The project was instigated by Caravane Earth, a newly established foundation that seeks to find answers to today’s problems in traditional ideas and techniques. The installation at the Venice Biennale will be accompanied by an exhibition that showcases objects and craftsmanship from around the world. The managing director of Caravane Earth shared that “The main purpose of The Majlis is to illustrate the importance of intercultural dialogue and mutual education, to demonstrate the power of traditional knowledge and techniques in dealing with the majority of planetary issues of the present.”
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