Artists’ Pavilion Venice Biennale 2017

Current project 2017

Developing the format of our Artists Pavilion project which ran as part of the 2013 Venice Biennale, Artquest announced a call for applications for a new site specific window based commission to take place during the 2017 Venice Biennale. Artist Laura Malacart has been selected for the 2017 Artquest commission.

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Key dates

  • Application deadline: Monday 23rd January 10am 2017. Applications for this opportunity are now closed.
  • Selected artist contacted: Week commencing Monday 6th February 2017
  • Venice preview dates: Preview 10th / 11th / 12th May 2017

The Selected Artist

Laura Malacart is an Italian-born artist based in London. Her collaborative and interdisciplinary work is concerned with language, subjectivisation and the politics of the voice.  Her practice engages with a range of media, including participatory performance, writing and video.  These strategies conceive language/s and the voice as a crucial domain to explore social identity, history and ideology.

Her projects have asked questions such as: what does it mean to have a ‘non-verbal’ voice? (YES! & Onomatopoeia, Science Museum, Dana Centre, 2014). How do we relate to the ideal portrait of Britishness according to the government? (The Little Book of Answers 2015-16 & The Citizand, 2016, Tate Modern, Manchester Central Library, Brixton Market). How can representation avoid the dis-identification that can be present when encountering ‘the other’? (Voicings 2007-12)

The Context

The upcoming biennale seems to position itself to consider Art as a fundamental and vital element to life and society, particularly in the current context of global instability. This concern is mirrored by Artquest’s own programme direction, and applications are encouraged from artists who consider where their practice fits in a wider context outside of the art world and with other audiences.

The Proposal

We are inviting selected artists to propose a new piece site-specific work for the window space. This could be a cut vinyl work, a light work or similar. We anticipate that the work will be best viewed from the outside of the space. There is some very limited scope for use of the interior space but the work must be viewable from the outside as the interior space will only be accessible during events. Proposals should  also consider the fact the interior spaces primary function will be to host talks and discussions.

Work must

  • be installed by the artist on 9th May and de-installed by the artist on 13th May, with a maximum of five hours available to install and de-install only.  There is only limited access to the window prior to opening.
  • not leave any holes, marks or damage to the window on which it is installed after removal.
  • be covered by any relevant insurance, which is the responsibility of the artist.

The artist is responsible for arranging all equipment, materials, tools etc necessary, and transport of the above for the installation and de-installation of work.

Applicants may find it helpful to visit the Artists Pavilion page in the Artquest projects archive see an example of a similar previous commission.

The Bursary

The selected artists will receive a £3,000 bursary to cover fee, expenses, travel, materials, work transportation costs and accommodation in Venice during the preview days, and to include installation on 9 May.

You may choose to extend your stay further than the Biennale preview days, and travel back when you like, but Artquest is unable to provide more than the bursary amount above if you incur extra travel or accommodation expenses.

The selected artist must also commit to being in Venice for the preview days and attend project related events, and to give a short talk about their work.  Although we will endeavour to obtain preview access to the Biennale, this is not guaranteed; however, many satellite events take place over the preview days which do not require special access.

The selected artist will also benefit from promotional activities by Artquest and our partners

The Space

The work will be exhibited and part of the events programme will take place in a studio space in the Spazio Cannaregio near the church of Gesuiti. Please see the images at the top of the page. The dimensions of the window are 145cm (h) X 132cm (w). There is also an adjacent glass door with two sections each 140cm (h) x 57cm (w). The interior space is 230cm (h) X 600cm (w) X 400cm (d)

Accompanying Events Programme

As part of our commitment to supporting students and graduates gain experience of the art sector, Artquest will be working with curator Camilla Palestra and a group of students from University of the Arts London (in collaboration with other partners) to programme a series of salon discussions and conversations around the commission and the question of what role art can play in today’s troubling societal context.

Soon after selection the involved artist will be expected to host a studio visit (or similar meeting in London) with Artquest, the curator and involved students to introduce their practice in person and contribute to conversations around the events programme.

About the Curator

Camilla’s curatorial interest lies in artistic practices that reflect on aspects of our contemporary society, understanding history as a trajectory towards the future. Her professional approach is connected to the socio-political environment and its diversity, seeing art as a tool to challenge our knowledge and perspective.

Camilla worked as a writer and researcher at SKIRA publishing house, as Public Programme Curator at MART Museum, Trento (Italy), and Research Associate at Culture + Conflict before joining the University of the Arts London as Curatorial Research Assistant in 2007. From 2015 she is Associate Curator at Centre for Sustainable Fashion, UAL. She has curated and worked on a series of exhibitions and events, and manages the UAL Art for the Environment International Residency Programme.

Camilla holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London.