MiCT A La Biennale Di Venezia
MiCT is pleased and honoured to have contributed to Sir David Chipperfield’s presentation of his Naga museum project at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in Venice. The overarching theme of the festival is – appropriately – named “Reporting From The Front”.

The ancient city of Naga is one of the largest historic sites in Sudan and was included in the World Heritage List of the UNESCO in 2011. Situated around 150 km to the north-east of the capital Khartoum, it contains the ruins of a former power centre of the Kingdom of Meroë (300BC-350AD). Excavations were only started in 1994 by the Egyptian Museum of Berlin and have been continued since 2013 by the State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich. Sir Chipperfield’s plans for the new museum are designed to protect excavated objects from the sun, sandstorms, rain and looters.

Thanks to its long years of Sudan expertise, our country team in Berlin was asked by David Chipperfield Architects to provide socio-political and cultural context about contemporary conditions for the Venice display. According to our concept of “Naga Now”, ten Sudanese individuals, who relate to the site in some was or another, from semi-nomads and excavation workers to a truck driver at the nearby highway and a feminist blogger, were portrayed. This was realised during a workshop excursion of our Sudan project “The Niles” with trainer Heinrich Voelkel of OSTKREUZ photo agency.

The exhibition is open to the public until 27 November 2016.