Fundación Contemporánea interviews Carmen Bueno, curator of the Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
Carmen Bueno, Commissioner of the Spain Pavilion Project at Expo 2020 Dubai, and José Andrés Torres Mora, Executive President of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), talk about the challenges of organizing the first major international event after the pandemic and advance the first details of what we can expect at the Spain Pavilion.
Fundación Contemporánea has had the opportunity to talk in depth with Carmen Bueno, Curator of the Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which will open on October 1 after being delayed for a year due to the outbreak of covid-19.
“It is very likely that, along with the Olympics, Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first major event in which humanity gathers after the pandemic”, highlights José Andrés Torres Mora, Executive President of Acción Cultura Española (AC/E), the state society dedicated to the promotion of the culture and heritage of Spain in the world.
“Expo 2020 Dubai will be an impressive moment of reflection on the future, very different now after the pandemic,” says Carmen Bueno. The Spain Pavilion, located in the Sustainability district of the exhibition, will focus on giving prominence to innovative and differential Spanish projects that converge towards a more sustainable future.
But the Spanish culture and legacy will also be of great importance, placing the emphasis on the exhibition tour of the Spanish venue, created by the External Reference and Onionlab studios, on the cultural ties that unite Spain with the Arab world and on that relationship between tradition and innovation so important to keep moving towards a better future. For this, the pavilion will feature a large artistic installation by Daniel Canogar, as well as a film by director Nacho Vigalondo. All this in an iconic construction developed by the architecture studio of Amann-Cánovas-Maruri (Temperaturas Extremas S.L.P.).
In addition, the pavilion will bring an intense daily program to Dubai, so that every day something different happens around the Spain Pavilion. Besides that, in each universal exhibition the different countries that participate have a particular day, a national day. In the case of Spain, it will be on February 2, 2022, and consequently several specific activities are already being prepared for that day, with the national ballet as the protagonist of one of them.
Finally, curator Carmen Bueno has highlighted the commitment of bringing AC/E’s work closer to all Spaniards, which today inevitably translates into facilitating online access to events of this type. Thus, it will be possible to visit the entire pavilion digitally and all the on-site activities will have a streaming component so that they can be followed from any corner of the world.