10 May - 26 November 2017
Palazzo Pisani a Santa Marina, Venice
Exhibiting artists: 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 | Yinka Shonibare MBE | Erika Tan | Barbara Walker | Abbas Zahedi
PAVILION | Venice to Wolverhampton
A re-staging of the 2017 Diaspora Pavilion
10 February - 29 April 2018
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Exhibiting artists: Larry Achiampong | Kimathi Donkor | Michael Forbes | susan pui san lok | Paul Maheke | Erika Tan | Abbas Zahed
The Diaspora Pavilion, curated by David Bailey and Jessica Taylor, was 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 pavilion forms part of the 22-month, joint ICF International Curators Forum and UAL University of the Arts London project ‘Diaspora Platform’, which was co-founded by David Bailey, Nicola Green, Peter Clayton and David Lammy and designed to deliver mentoring and professional development by ten selected mentors for twelve UK-based emerging artists whose work engages with the topic of the diaspora. During the length of the project, these practitioners will take part in group forum, one-on-one mentoring sessions and group masterclasses. The selected participants and eight of the mentors showcased their work in the Diaspora Pavilion in Venice in 2017, a re-configuration of which will be installed at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery in 2018 with a combination of new works and those shown in Venice by seven of the artists.
Image credits: 1. Yinka Shonibare MBE, The British Library (2017). 2. Khadija Saye, Dwelling: in this space we breathe (2017). 3. Ellen Gallagher & Edgar Cleijne, Osedax (2010). 4. Barby Asante, As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence: For Ama. For Aba. For Charlotte and Adoja (2017). 5. Abbas Zahedi, MANNA: Machine Aided Neural Networking of Affect (2017). 6. Michael Forbes, Untitled (2017). 7. Paul Maheke, The River Asked for a Kiss (to Pateh Sabally) (2017). 8. Erika Tan, The 'Forgotten' Weaver (2017). 9. Isaac Julien, The Leopard (Western Union: small boats) (2007). 10. Larry Achiampong, Sunday's Best (2016). 11. Hew Locke, On the Tethys Sea (2017) and susan pui san lok, Untitled (Pavilion) (2017). 12. Kimathi Donkor, Portrait of the Artist Helping with Enquiries: 1984 (2005) and For Moses Had Married an Ethiopian Woman - Number 12:1 (2015) and Barby Asante, As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence: For Ama. For Aba. For Charlotte and Adoja (2017). 13. Barbara Walker, Transcended (2017). 14. Abbas Zahedi, MANNA: Machine Aided Neural Networking of Affect (2017). 15. Barby Asante, As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence: For Ama. For Aba. For Charlotte and Adoja (2017). 16. Kimathi Donkor, Bacchus and Ariadne (2004). Photographer: Francesco Allegretto
Sokari Douglas Camp | Ellen Gallagher | Joy Gregory | Isaac Julien | Dave Lewis | Hew Locke | Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier | Yinka Shonibare MBE