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Celebrating the Biennale Performance Programme

Arts Council England and Delfina Foundation are hosting an exclusive reception to celebrate the performance programme as part of Meetings in Art, the official public programme of the 58th Venice Biennale.

With Ralph Rugoff, Artistic Director of the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, and Aaron Cezar, Delfina Foundation, who devised the programme, and Sir Nicolas Serota of Arts Council England, the main commissioner.

The VI Internet Pavilion presents: Toghetherness Lirica

For the 2019 Biennale di Venezia, the “Internet Pavillon” will follow the theme of “Togetherness” evolving through a newborn WhatsApp group called Togetherness_lirico, created by Swiss artist Nora Renaud.

Togetherness_lirico will grow as a casual chat exploring the ideas of public intimacy and privacy, censorship and lyricism.
The material produced by our daily online comunication,decontextualized and enhanced by singing, has the potential of a huge collective “Opera”: Internet is “Togetherness”, togetherness is a “Chat” and chatting is an Opera.

The 6th “Padiglione Internet” is planning to appear in various spontaneous and improvised forms during the biennale through WhatsApp and -maybe- physically in the biennale …

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Comprehensive Monographic Publication on Works of Jitish Kallat

Conversation between artist Jitish Kallat, curator-writer Natasha Ginwala (editor of the book) and Suhanya Raffel, Director M+ Hong Kong (contributor to the book).
Jitish Kallat’s work is currently exhibited in the India Pavilion at the Arsenale.

Artist Jitish Kallat, curator-writer Natasha Ginwala (editor of the book) and Suhanya Raffel, Director M+ Hong Kong (contributor to the book) will be in conversation about his art and the making of a new monographic book on Kallat’s work published by Prestel and Mapin, which is edited by Ginwala. The book has contributions by Natasha Ginwala, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ranjit Hoskote, Girish Shahane, Dilip Chitre, Suhanya Raffel, Dilip Gaonkar, Jyoti Dhar, Bernardo Kastrup, and Shumon Basar.


Artists Ren Jun & Bernar Venet: a New Silk Road between Venice and Xi’an for the Development of Urban Sculpture

Re-linking the East and West ends of the Silk Road is a particularly appropriate theme under which to host this prestigious event celebrating the development of urban sculpture.

– Preamble: Speech of the official Chinese delegation: presentation of the new city of Qin Han and its project for an international biennale of urban sculpture

– Introduction of the attending international artists: Ren Jun, Bernar Venet, Patrick Moya, Jean-Daniel Lorieux

– Keynote speech from the Chinese artist Ren Jun on exploring new ways to build a public art space in Chinese cities

– Talk from the French artist Bernar Venet about his international experience of urban sculpture and his vision. His presentation will end with the unveiling of his future world-class giant project entitled “Global Diagonals”, a world premiere.

Means of Flotation: Island Ark Performance by Marcos Lutyens

A set of yellow boots, volunteers and a trance-dream of rising waters. Unconscious engineers emerge with revelations of how to cope with king tides and emperor tides. A project started in the year 2000 at the Università Iuav di Venezia comes together again, this time with more urgency and clarity of purpose. Seeking solutions from the deepest recesses of mind, part nightmare therapy, part workshop, part aquatic catharsis, the performance will be conducted by Marcos Lutyens. Means of Flotation relates to a concurrent exhibition at the Alberta Pane Gallery in Venice called Island Ark.

Chile Pavilion in honour of “Altered Views” 
 by Voluspa Jarpa

Pavilion of Chile
58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia


by Voluspa Jarpa
curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio

11 May – 24 November, 2019

“Altered Views” invites to reflect on issues such as racism, patriarchy, economic interests and dominance as forms of colonialism. The project investigates the relationship between monarchy and populace and their hegemonic evolution through the revision of European historic cases, and is the result of years of research into the reality of Latin American countries through CIA declassified documents. It is composed of three reversed cultural spaces/models: The Hegemony Museum, the Subaltern Portrait Gallery and the Emancipating Opera.

Geometry and Art in the Modern Middle East

The UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development organises a the book launch of “Geometry and Art in the Modern Middle East”.
The book celebrates the work of 24 distinguished contemporary artists from across the Middle East whose work reflects the intersection of modern and traditional elements in Islamic art.

Active Pause – breakfast hosted by Alserkal

Join Rhodiola – a transmission by 3 137 – that began in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai in March 2019. Rhodiola, a conversation piece, explores the ideas of maintenance in everyday life and unravels through waves that challenge ordinary perceptions of domestic life and public affairs, offering a place for moments of active pause.

Rhodiola is commissioned by Alserkal Arts Foundation

The Alserkal Arts Foundation supports socially engaged, multi-disciplinary practices and facilitates cross-cultural exchange through its four core initiatives: public art commissions, residencies, research grants, and educational programmes. The Foundation offers cultural practitioners – either based in Dubai, or whose practice critically investigates themes pertinent to the region’s artistic community – opportunities for research, scholarship, and artistic production. All of Alserkal Arts Foundation’s activities are supported by Alserkal, an Emirati family business spearheaded by Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal.

Founded by Emirati businessman and patron, Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, in 2007, Alserkal is a socially responsible cultural enterprise, which is deeply engaged with the arts locally, regionally and internationally. Through Alserkal Avenue, its renowned cultural district of contemporary art galleries, non-profit organisations and homegrown businesses, Alserkal has cultivated a creative economy in Dubai, supporting cultural production and spearheading disruptive business models, including the OMA-designed Concrete, a state-of-the-art exhibitions and alternative space. In addition, Alserkal supports public art commissions, residencies, research grants and educational programmes through its non-profit, Alserkal Arts Foundation.


Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birbaum introduced by Koo Jeong A

Acute Art is delighted to present Koo Jeong A’s augmented reality (AR) artwork featuring seven of her drawings in 3D and 2D.

The drawings brought to life in AR are a collection of pen drawings from the artist’s book Nomos Alpha (2018) and her Instagram account. Jeong A, whose ephemeral works highlight seemingly unimportant everyday items, often border on the invisible. Her precise drawings explore the poetics of everyday life in humorous ways. In the medium of AR her drawings take on new agency and in a dimension outside our physical space they become alive.

These drawings will be superimposed onto the surfaces around the My Art Guides Venice Meeting Point. Visitors will be able to view the works by pointing into direction of the My Art Guides Venice Meeting Point as they approach. Visitors are encouraged to download free Acute Art app to participate in this AR experience and interact with the virtual creatures.

Caribbean Art Salon: Connecting South

Caribbean Art Salon: Connecting South
curated by Giscard Bouchotte
Organised by Caribbean Art Initiative

11:30 – 13.00 Panel 1
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.-15.30 Panel 2

PANEL 1: The Caribbean in Venice: Beyond the Oceans

Marianne de Tolentino, Jean Ulrick Desert, Susan Mains, Billy Gerard Frank, Hulda Guzman
Moderated by Giscard Bouchotte

The tragedies that have taken place in the Atlantic — from bloody stories of its crossing, to ecological disasters caused by migration attempts towards the American continent — have all transformed the ocean from a benevolent source into a common evil. However, the Caribbean is much more than this history: it is beyond the ocean, stretching from the borders of New Orleans, Brazil, Suriname to Guyana. However, when invited to an international platform, whether as guests of honor or participants, the predominant thoughts still revolve around postcolonial discourses. The English-speaking islands communicate with their (Western) English speaking counterparts, and the same is
the case for the Spanish- and French-speaking Islands. If Venice is to be seen and celebrated as an inclusive microcosm — thus becoming more open towards National Pavilions of the Caribbean (3 in 2017 and 5 in 2019, various inclusions of Caribbean artists in Pavilions like IILA, or group shows)— the possibilities of imaging the Caribbean beyond postcolonial discourses and histories, beyond the oceans, becomes a reality.

PANEL 2: Decolonize the Connections Between the Islands

Babara Paca, Jean Ulrick Désert, Caryl Ivrisse Crochemar, Blue Curry
Moderator: Cristina Sanchez Kozyvera

The islands of the Caribbean share a common history, which was inherited primarily from the slave trade and historic European reign over the region. However, as seen from a cultural background, the exchange and encounters between islands, apart from the common inheritance left from colonization, is still in its early stages. Events and festivals like Carifesta have been created to promote exchanges beyond insularity, yet it is often easier for Caribbean artists to interact outside of the Caribbean than on their respective islands. The current and omnipresent question remains: how can we advance and strengthen the exchange beyond the singular island, enabling a better knowledge of the region, artists, and culture? Numerous initiatives and artists are working towards this goal, creating the foundation for this panel discussion.