57th Venice Biennale: Diaspora Pavilion
From May 13 to November 26, 2017, International Curators Forum (ICF) and University of the Arts London (UAL) with the support of the Arts Council England International Showcasing Fund will present Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in the Palazzo Pisani a Santa Marina. This project is designed to deliver 22 months of mentoring and professional development by ten selected mentors for eleven UK-based emerging artists whose work engaged with the topic of the diaspora.
During the length of the project, these practitioners will take part in a group forum, one-on-one mentoring sessions and group master classes. The pavilion will be curated by David A. Bailey and Jessica Taylor. This initiative aims to create cross-generational connections and professional development through artistic and discourse production, networking and mentorship.
The Diaspora Pavilion is conceived as a challenge to the prevalence of national pavilions within the structure of an international biennale and takes its form from the coming together of nineteen artists whose practices in many ways expand, complicate and even destabilise diaspora as term, whilst highlighting the continued relevance that diaspora as a lived reality holds today.
The participating artists include
David Adjaye, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Larry Achiampong, Barby Asante, Sokari Douglas Camp, Libita Clayton, Kimathi Donkor, Michael Forbes, Ellen Gallagher, Nicola Green, Joy Gregory, Isaac Julien, Dave Lewis, Hew Locke, Susan Pui San Lok, Paul Maheke, Khadija Saye, Erika Tan, Barbara Walker, Abbas Zahedi, Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier.
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