Ahmad Vincenzo, president of the Association of Muslim Intellectuals and lecturer in Islamic rights at Naples’ Federico II University said the proposal was positive.

Carlo Ripa Di Meana, former president of the Venice Biennale, moved to dedicate the 1977 Venice Biennale to the theme of “dissent” in relation to the Communist countries of the eastern bloc, a move opposed by Moscow.

He has called for the creation of a similar “Biennale for Islamic Dissent” to enhance debate in the Muslim world.

But Vincenzo said the proposal advanced by Carlo Ripa Di Meana, should not be compared to the event that generated widespread debate among Communists in 1977.

“The Venice Biennale is a prestigious institution,” Vincenzo told Adnkronos International (AKI).


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