Artists’ Pavilion Venice Biennale 2017
The Artists’ Pavilion is a project by Artquest that provides an awarded artist with a platform to realise new work at the Venice Biennale 2017.
Private view and drinks reception: 10th May 2017, 5pm
Exhibition: 10th – 13th May
(Window installation viewable during daylight hours. Workshops in the space daily from 4 – 5pm)
Venue: The Artists’ Pavilion, Salizada Seriman, Cannaregio 4871 30121 Venezia – Italy
(Vaporetto: Fte Nove/Ca’ d’Oro)
The Artists Pavilion will show the newly commissioned work, ‘Speak Robert’ by Italian-born London based artist Laura Malacart. It takes the form of an installation and a series of language workshops (daily 4 – 5pm). The project shows and performs the idea that globalisation is rewriting the legacy of post-colonialism and to an extent re-enacting it. Malacart utilizes a narrative around the Scottish botanist Robert Fortune (1812-1880), the East India Company and the American actor Matt Damon starring in the Chinese blockbuster The Great Wall of China (2017).
Malacart’s collaborative and interdisciplinary work is concerned with language and the politics of the voice. Her practice engages with a range of media, including participatory performance, writing and video. These strategies explore contemporary issues concerning identities in a globalised post-colonial world. They conceive the speaking and listening subject, their positioning and idiom, crucial to define a historical and ideological perspective or its absence.
This year’s pavilion is curated by Camilla Palestra and is accompanied by a programme of talks and events addressing issues of cultural identity within a global economy, dislocation and language.
As part of our commitment to supporting students and graduates in gaining experience of the art sector, the events programme is curated in collaboration with students from the University of the Arts London (Annie-Marie Akussah, Riah Charles, Rachel Hinman, Ciara McNeill, Josh Simpson.) This aspect of the project is funded as part of a Careers and Employability programme at the Univeristy, which aims to promote equality on grounds of ethnicity, disability and social class, funded through Widening Participation.
Opening drinks reception – Wednesday 10th May at 5pm
To mark the opening of the project artist Laura Malacart will be in conversation with curator Gabi Scardi to discuss ‘Speak Robert’ and the wider themes of her practice.
Sign language workshop – Thursday 11th May at 5pm
A workshop with Gabriele Caia and Laura Volpato, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. Participants will be introduced to sign language, learning to use basic skills to interact with each other and becoming aware of language as an identity apparatus.
Programming & invigilation at the Venice Biennale: a professional development experience – Friday 12th May at 9am
Please RSVP attendance to [email protected]
Students from University of the Arts London talk about their experiences of invigilation and developing a public programme in response to the Artists’ Pavilion commission with colleagues involved in the Invigilator Plus programme for Cymru yn Fenis / Wales in Venice 2017. This event is run in partnership with Engage.
susan pui san lok – Fortune Cooking – Friday 12th May at 5pm
A conversation with artist, writer and researcher susan pui san lok on the notion of translation and diaspora
Laura Malacart is an Italian-born artist based in London. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions including 2015 The Little Book of Answers, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern – 2014 YES! Onomatopoeia, project launch and debate, Dana Centre, Science Museum, London – 2013 Three Moments of a Temporary Loss of Perspective, H. Conte Museo de la Memoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Recent group exhibitions include 2016 Art Licks – 2015 Emergency, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth – 2014 Radiofonica, Spazio O, Milan, Italy – 2012 Nuovi Paesaggi, Villa Romana, Florence, Italy – 2011 – Ethnographic Terminalia, Montrea, Canada – 2010 Futureplaces 2010, Portugal – Write! by J. Royse at Posted Gallery, London – 2009 Manifesti d’Artista, public art commission, Trieste, Italy – 2007 Contemporary Art Projects, London. Close at Hand – 2006 Lipjane Puntin Gallery, Trieste, Italy. Catodica II – Danielle Arnaud Contemporary, London. Outdoors. Laura holds a PhD from in Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London and she has been lecturing in various universities including LCC, London, Univeristy of East London and RCA, London. From 1st June 2017 Laura will be a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL for a year
Camilla Palestra is a curator based in London. Her curatorial interest lies in artistic practices that reflect on aspects of our contemporary society, in connection to the socio-political environment and its diversity. She is the Associate Curator at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London where she curated exhibitions including Voice for Change and Relational Geographies (2015), and the ongoing international artist residency programme Art for the Environment. She collaborates with the studio of Shezad Dawood as curator and editor, working on projects including Leviathan (Venice Biennale 2017), Kalimpong (2016), Black Sun (2013).
Previously she was writer and researcher at SKIRA publishing house, Public Programme Curator at MART Museum, Trento (Italy), and Research Associate at Culture + Conflict.
Gabriele Caia was born in Siracusa, Sicily, in 1976 in a deaf family. After attending High School in the Institute for Deaf A. Magarotto, Padua, he completed simple and master degree at DAMS (University of Bologna), Theatre specialization. He has lived in various Italian cities and he has travelled to numerous European cities, among which Reims, for “Clin D’Oeil” festival of poetry, and in Stockholm, as auditor and speaker in “Arts Deaf Now”. He works in Italy as teacher of Italian sign language (LIS) and LIS trainer. He created and performed various theatre performances, including “Pa-pa”, also available in DVD, and “So, so, so ma vuoto”, dealing with culture and history/education of the Deaf. He also performed in many cabaret and improvisation shows. From 2008 to 2012 Gabriele has taught LIS at SSLMIT, University of Bologna. Since 2011 he has been teaching LIS in Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.
Laura Volpato completed in 2012 a degree in Science of Language – Deafness and Language Disorders; in 2013 she achieved the title of LIS interpreter (Italian Sign Language) and in 2015 she completed her master degree in Science of Language – Foreign Language Teaching. She has worked as a communication assistant for deaf pupils in primary school (2015/16) and she is currently working as an assistant researcher in Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. She has worked as an interpreter since 2014, both for deaf and deafblind people, both from Italian and from English to LIS and viceversa.
susan pui san lok is an artist, writer and researcher based in London. Her work ranges across moving image, installation, sound, performance and text, evolving out of interests in notions of nostalgia and aspiration, place and migration, translation and diaspora. Current and recent projects include Diaspora Pavilion at Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina, Venice, presented by the International Curators Forum; Deviant Practice, a research residency at Van Abbemuseum, NL (2017); and the 1st Asia Biennial and 5th Guangzhou Triennial at Guangdong Museum of Art (2015-2016). Solo exhibitions include RoCH Fans and Legends at QUAD, UK (2015) and CFCCA (Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, 2016); Faster, Higher at MAI, Montreal (2014), Winchester Discovery Centre, UK (2012) and BFI Southbank Gallery, London (2008); and Golden at Beaconsfield Contemporary Art, London, and CFCCA, Manchester (2006). She is an Associate Professor in Fine Art at Middlesex University, and a Co-Investigator on the AHRC Black Artists and Modernism project with University of Arts London, in collaboration with Middlesex.
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