Places of Production - Aluminium is the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Participation at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition- La Biennale de Venezia. The pavilion, located at the Arsenale Artiglierie in Venice, was commissioned by Her Excellency Sh. Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities.
The installation made out of sand casted aluminium. The real characteristics of the material become visible through the roughness and variety of shades within the matter.
Carbon a leftover of oil refining used for the extraction of aluminia by electrolysis.
Visitors skimming through the reading material.
The standing aluminium structure is accompanied by photos, a video and reading material.
Aluminium window samples and video.
Reading material and carbon blocks photo.
Extensive reading material explaining the conceptual and technical details behind the installation.
Main entrance to the pavilion.
The confining space with the Pavilion of Macedonia.
Cutting of aluminium profiles photo and visitors at the pavilion.
Main entrance of the exhibition.
The floor/structure base made out of sand casted aluminium.
Through an investigation of the gestures in the production processes of aluminium, the installation in the Arsenale is an attempt to extract a different potential of the material use.
The film, Conformation, traces the different steps of production that precede aluminium's application in its distinct forms - it becomes a topography of the production of aluminium.
The film is a study of gestures and movements, those of human beings and machines.
Aluminium frame for a kitchen cabinet at Al Shams Aluminium Factory.
Cutting of Aluminium Profiles at Al Fairooz Aluminium, Salmabad, Bahrain.
Stacking fo aluminium ingots at Alba, Sitra, Bahrain.
Today, aluminium cladding of high-rises and towers, and increasingly in the re-cladding of older facades, is one of the most visible expressions of contemporary architecture in Bahrain.
The aluminium casting process in the Netherlands, 2016.
The pavilion was commissioned by Her Excellency Sh. Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities.
Commissioner: Sh. Mai Al Khalifa
Curators: Anne Holtrop and Noura Al Sayeh
Photography: Armin Linke and Giulia Bruno
Film: Armin Linke in collaboration with Giulia Bruno, Giuseppe Ielasi and Renato Rinaldi
Installation: Studio Anne Holtrop
Pavilion Installation: Restaura SL, Milan and Ronchetti, Milan
Pavilion Production: Bronsgieterij Kemner, Amsterdam
Structural Engineering: Mario Monotti
Graphic design: Jonathan Hares