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Exploring the role of art and architecture in supporting mental and social health resilience in Iraq.

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20 May - 21 Nov 2021

Schedule of events


Thurs 20 May 2021, 6pm CET


Rashad Salim in dialogue with Markus Reymann

On the occasion of the first national participation of Iraq at the Biennale Architettura, Ocean Space and Healing Arts Venice will host Rashad Salim, artist and pavilion exhibitor, and Markus Reymann,Director of TBA21–Academy, for an inaugural dialogue on Ark Re-imagined.

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Sat 22 May 2021, 7pm CET

Reception in Honour of Professor Hashim Sarkis

Community Jameel and Healing Arts Venice host a special event to honour the curator of the 17th Biennale Architettura.

Hosted by Fady Jameel, member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, member of the Council for the Arts at MIT, and Vice Chairman of Community Jameel.

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Film Screening

Fri 27 Aug 2021, 6pm CET


Cinema Gilleggiante

Ark Re-Imagined participates in Cinema Gilleggiante – Acque Sconosciute, Floating Cinema – Unknown Waters, an open-air film festival taking place on the Venice Lagoon.

Photo by Chiara Becattini

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Weds 01 Sept – Sun 17 Oct 2021


National Pavilion Exhibition at Ocean Space

In 2021 Iraq participated for the first time in the Venice Architecture Biennale, with Rashad Salim’s project Ark Re-imagined. The 'Expeditionary Pavilion’ returns to the origins of Iraq’s architectural legacy, celebrating the vernacular architecture, watercraft, and ecology of the Tigris-Euphrates river system. Salim’s expeditionary art practice engages artisans and interdisciplinary co-researchers to explore traditional boat-building, architecture and craft practices – on the brink of extinction after decades of conflict, climate change and most recently COVID-19.


Biennale Symposium

6 Oct 2021

Meetings on Architecture

Refugees and Reconstructions

A symposium examining the role that architecture could play in addressing the challenges of displacement and reconstruction. Moderated by: Hashim Sarkis, Curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition with Rashad Salim (Panel 2: Post war reconstructions in the Arab World) and George Richards (Panel 3: Restoration of Craft, Restoration through Craft) .

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Flag Raising

UN Day

24 Oct 2021

"Hope is a Creative Act"

Raising of Agnes Denes' flag in Venice

The American environmental artist Agnes Denes raises her flag, 'The Future is Fragile, Handle with Care' on a simple wooden pole in the Venice Lagoon as a cultural call to action for planetary health. Filmed at TBA21–Academy’s Ocean Space during Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation and Cinema Galleggiante (Floating Cinema) - Acque Sconosciute (Unknown Waters).

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Healing Arts Venice Partners

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Global City Activations: 2021-2022

London, Englad

A global COVID-19 response through the arts - specifically to address the growing mental health crisis. Activated as part of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Solidarity Series of Events.

Paris, France

To coincide with Christie's major photography sale in June, Healing Arts Paris will convene the art, health and policy world for high-level discussions on the role of culture in shaping a healthier society in the wake of Covid-19.

New York

New York, USA

Healing Arts New York will be a city-wide activation during this years historic UN General Assembly. Cultural venues across the city will be invited to imagine a post-pandemic world prioritizing health, art and sustainability.


Aspen, USA

A focus on mental and environmental health will shape a city-wide activation in Aspen. Collaborations with a range of the Aspen institutions will shape a global discussion in the local context.


Houston, USA

With a focus on societal health, Healing Arts Houston will explore the integration of the Arts in Medical Care and Education to engage a cross-sectional representation of Houston’s arts and health community.

New Delhi

New Delhi, India

Healing Arts will travel to New Delhi in early 2022 with an immersive program designed to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, and provide credible mental health resources in India.

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