“Italy’s international vision, and the collaboration and connection between countries: the project for our pavilion is metaphorically and structurally linked to these issues. A good starting point, since the aftermath of COVID-19 and the ensuing recovery will be marked by a relaunching of international relations”. This is how the Commissioner General for Italy at Expo Dubai, Paolo Glisenti, explained in what way the project is adapting to the new scenarios generated by the pandemic.
The possible one-year postponement, which will be ratified in the forthcoming weeks by the Bureau International des Expositions, demands some changes, not upheavals: “We want to strengthen the entire part of the project linked to connectivity, distance learning, e-commerce and digitalisation of the pavilion,” declared Glisenti. “We believe that in 2021 it will be even more important to connect our universities, schools and businesses with those of other countries, granting all subjects a fully-fledged digitalised marketplace for connecting with the rest of the world”.
The changes will nonetheless revolve around the original claim of Italy’s participation in the Expo, ‘Beauty connects people’.
“If there is a theme that the health emergency will kindle the attention of all countries it is how to put the various sectors into communication and connect them through an interdisciplinary approach. Interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration has always guided our project and needs to be strengthened,” continued the Commissioner.
He then ended with a request coming directly from the Emirati Government: “The Italy Pavilion is located in a strategic point of the site, near the pavilion of the United Arab Emirates. In the past few weeks the Emirati Government sent a request to Italy, one of a handful of countries, to leave its pavilion in place for six years after the Expo so that it can become a space for socialising, meetings, debates and events”.