Uzbek mahalla will be presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale

(Makhalla a unique civil society institution in Uzbekistan)

The Venice Biennale will be opened from 22 May to 21 November 2021. During the architectural exhibition, Uzbekistan will present its national pavilion "Mahalla: Urban and Provincial Life".

This is the debut project of Uzbekistan. The pavilion's commissioner is the Foundation for the Development of Culture and Arts under the Ministry of Culture. The main task of the project is to strengthen the national presence in the global cultural space.

The opening ceremony of the debut project of the National Pavilion of Uzbekistan took place on May 20, 2021 as part of the 17th international architectural exhibition.

The opening of the international biennale from Uzbekistan was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Aziz Abdukhakimov, accompanied by Minister of Infrastructure Botir Zakirov, Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Foundation for the Development of Culture and Art Said Mirziyoyev, Director General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Development of Culture and Arts and Commissioner of the exhibition project Gayane Umerova , as well as participants in design work.

The project "Mahalla: Urban and Provincial Life" explores the cultural and architectural significance of the mahalla for Uzbekistan and aims to answer the main question: "How shall we live together?" Traditions of Uzbekistan are expressed primarily as a rural space in an urban context and this cultural institution is of particular importance. "Mahalla - conveys a feeling of closeness."

The exhibition is coordinated by Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein, professors of architecture and design at the Higher Technical School in Zurich and founding partners of the architectural firm Christ & Gantenbein. Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein coordinates pavilion project, which is dedicated to ancient form of coexistence of Asia.

“Mahalla is a social, cultural and urban phenomenon. It can be a sign of modern global society ”- claims Emmanuel Crist.