Diaspora Pavilion Closing Programme

24 – 26 November 2017 | Palazzo Pisani, Venice

To mark the closing of the Diaspora Pavilion exhibition in Venice, ICF produced a weekend-long closing programme of performances, screenings and talks in collaboration with 
Arts Territory and with the support of the Art Fund.

Programme participants: Barby Asante, Libita Clayton, Kimathi Donkor, Michael Forbes, susan pui san lok, Griet Menschaert, Katarzyna Perlak, Joanna Rajkowska, Justyna Scheuring, Erika Tan and Abbas Zahedi

After Venice, a selection of artworks were exhibited at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery in Diaspora Pavilion | Venice to Wolverhampton

Performance programme: 
Libita Clayton, Untitled (2017) – a performance gesturing towards sites of othering and reckoning, punt holes and time traveling sinkholes. A short presentation of text, broken notes and ectoplasm. 

Barby Asante, A Declaration of Independence (2017) – a new performance within an on-going episodic project, the first chapter of which began in the Diaspora Pavilion, which involves the collection and archiving of narratives and stories from women of colour.

Abbas Zahedi – MANNA from Below (2017) – a lecture performance. 

susan pui san lok – Mobile Chorus (2005/2014/2017) – a 3-minute, 5-part instrumental score, for 5 or more voices, with the single lyric, golden, realised through occasional unrehearsed performances. At Diaspora Pavilion, Mobile Chorus will take place within the artist’s installation, Untitled (Pavilion). 

Erika Tan – Sonic Soundings/Venice Trajectories (2017) – a walking tour using the Sonic Soundings app which enables users to experience a sonic landscape of interventions posed throughout Venice by several practitioners including Diaspora Pavilion artists Larry Achiampong, Abbas Zahedi, Barby Asante, Libita Clayton and susan pui san lok as well as Beyond the Frame curators Annie Kwan and Sunil Shah.

Katarzyna Perlak – Vulnerable (ongoing) – showcases recordings done both in studio and in public spaces, in London and in Harlow where Arkadiusz Jozwik was killed in hate crime on 27th August 2016, shortly after the Brexit vote. The work reflects upon the relationship between language, power structures, social mobility and vulnerability. Presented by Arts Territory. 

Griet Menschaert – Strolling through the grass on the other side (2017) – a meeting a conversation between the artist and visitors during which those involved learn about themselves and the other. Presented by Arts Territory.

Justyna Scheuring – Interval (2017) – a response to Post-Brexit xenophobic attacks targeting poles living in the UK, featuring singers Agnieszka Podubny and Robin Paley Yorke 

Screening programme:
Barby Asante – A Declaration of Independence(2017) 

Erika Tan – A Presentation by Proxy (2014) 20:12 – is part of an on-going project around Halimah, who lived and performed in the Malayan Pavilion during the Empire Exhibition in 1924. The film takes up ideas around digital repatriation, finding a voice, and the slippage between artist as maker or performer, between subject or object and between history or art.

Abbas Zahedi – Me, Myself & A.I. (MANNA, a digital archive) (2017) – builds upon Abbas’ work in the Diaspora Pavilion and pulls together the narratives presented in each of the elements of his installation. MANNA refers to the process of transformation, which he himself has undergone to cope with the affective outcomes of his neo-diasporic predicament.

Joanna Rajkowska – The premiere of a new film, Two Men and a Mattress (2017), 8:39 – which started as a film about Brexit but grew into a narrative about an inexplicable urge that drives people to their own destruction – in collaboration with Arts Territory

Kimathi Donkor – The Searchers (2011) 2:32 and 439 New Cross Road (2015) 19:10

Michael Forbes – Red Neck Run (2002) 7:43 and Nigger Rage (2002) 11:22

susan pui san lok – Trailers (2015) 4:00 samples the title sequences, trailers, theme songs and publicity shots for twenty out of some forty film and television adaptations of Louis Cha/Jin’s The Condor Trilogy (1957-61). The work intercuts these with Google street views, weaving together fantasies of fight and flight, in diaspora.

The Diaspora Pavilion exhibition was curated by David Bailey and Jessica Taylor. The Diaspora Pavilion professional development programme was presented in partnership with University of the Arts London and was co-founded by David Bailey, Nicola Green, Peter Clayton and David Lammy.