Diaspora Platform brings together ten UK-based artists and ten mentors, all from diverse backgrounds and whose work engages with the topic of the diaspora, over the next 22 months. During the length of the project, these practitioners will take part in group forum, mentoring and masterclasses, and will showcase their work in the exhibition Diaspora Platform curated by ICF Director David A. Bailey at the Palazzo Pisani a Santa Marina in Venice from May 13th to November 26th 2017, after which it will be brought to the UK and exhibited locally. This initiative aims to create cross-generational connections and professional development through the practices of mentorship, networking and artistic and discourse production, with the aim of continuing this process in subsequent years around the world. Diaspora Platform is supported by Arts Council England’s International Showcasing Fund.
Selected participants: Larry Achiampong, Barby Asante, Libita Clayton, Kimathi Donkor, Ray Fiasco, Michael Forbes, Susan Pui San Lok, Paul Maheke, Erika Tan, Barbara Walker and Abbas Zahedi
Mentors: David Adjaye, Sokari Douglas Camp, Ellen Gallagher, Nicola Green, Joy Gregory, Isaac Julien, Dave Lewis, Hew Locke, Yinka Shonibare and Vong Phaophanit