Pavilion title: Unearthing, Kingdom of Bahrain

Amongst a rich and varied history, Bahrain has deep-rooted connection to the production of Pottery stemming from the earlier periods, unveiling itself to Bahrain through archaeological excavations throughout the island. The prime sea-trade location of the island promoted hybrid clay production, enhancing the craftsmen skills. Though clay has given way to more durable materials of the industrial age, the Bahrain Pavilion propose the material itself must undergo a transformation in its accessibility.

An investigative collaboration between designers Maitham Al-Mubarak and Othman Khunji, and the team at Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities, the process of renewing this dormant craft is presented as the generating of a customisation process and interactive exhibition. Audiences were invited to partake in the renewal of the use of clay by manipulating basic and necessary shapes put forward by the experts at Delmon Factory whose craftsmen still produce by hand, to produce exciting new meaning for pre-defined forms.  

Curators & Designers:

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities promotes all plans and programs related to culture, arts, and heritage in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with a vision to update and develop the cultural infrastructure, and activate the role of culture in social and economic development.

Othman Khunji is a Bahraini interdisciplinary designer who graduated from VCU with an MFA degree in Design Studies. His work ranges between the fields of interactive installation/product, fashion and interior design.

Maitham AlMubarak is a Bahraini architect graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design and currently works at Studio Anne Holtrop.

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