Caravane Earth

The Majlis

At La Biennale di Venezia

May 22 — November 21, 2021

The Majlis by Caravane was designed and constructed by Simoń Velez and Stefana Simić in Colombia, in collaboration with Ahmed Chmitti and the Boujad Women’s Weaving Collective in Morocco. 100% handmade, simultaneously on two different continents, the Majlis is made using two of the most renewable materials on earth (bamboo and wool). It will be assembled for the first time at the Abbot of San Giorgio Maggiore among a wildflower garden planted by landscape Todd Longstaffe-Gowan.

There is an Arab proverb, “Al Majlis Madris,” which means “The Majlis is a school”. In 2015, majlis was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a social and cultural space. Being itself something more than the physical walls of an architecture entity, the majlis is where culture is passed down from one generation to the next, where leaders council on community matters and where guests are greeted with open hearts. In Vence, the Majlis by Caravane will be a space for storytelling, symposia and exchange, all in an effort to answer the question posed by 2021 Biennale Curator Hashim Sarkis: How will we live together?

Honorary Committee

Chair of the Honorary Committee
Chairperson, Qatar Museums
Professor Deborah Howard
Professor Emerita of Architectural History, University of Cambridge;
Trustee, Venice in Peril Foundation;
Former Fellow, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Harvard University
Professor Antonio Foscari
Professor of Art History, University of Venice; Architect; Commendatore al Merito of the Italian Republic;
Member of Légion d’Honneur of the French Republic;
Former President of the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice; Former member of Conseil d’Administration du Musée du Louvre, Paris
Hashmia Douiri
The most senior member of the Ain Leuh women’s weaving cooperative, founded in Morocco in 1977. Along with twenty-three other women she hand-produced the central carpet in the Majlis
The Earl of Snowdon
Honorary Chairman, Christie’s UK, Europe and the Middle East
Craftsman and founder, Linley
Paul Ahmed Keeler
Visiting Fellow, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge; author, Rethinking Islam & the West.


The Venice Biennale is the most influential global art and architecture exhibition with more than 60 participating countries and 275,000 visitors annually. The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will be open from 22 May to 21 November, 2021.
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