International Curators Forum (ICF) and University of the Arts London (UAL) present Diaspora Pavilion, an exhibition to be held in Venice from May 13th until November 26th 2017 at the Palazzo Pisani S. Marina during the 57th Venice Biennale.
The Diaspora Pavilion is 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 also forms part of the 22-month, joint ICF and UAL project ‘Diaspora Platform’, which is designed to deliver mentoring and professional development by eleven 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 will all showcase their work in the Diaspora Pavilion, in an exhibition curated by David A. Bailey and Jessica Taylor.
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
The Diaspora Pavilion is on now!
13 May – 26 November 2017
Free admission – Open every day except Tuesdays 10 am – 6 pm
Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina (scroll down for a map of our location)
Join us on 25 & 26 November for a closing programme of performances,
talks and screenings
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. Kimathi Donkor, Bacchus and Ariadne (2004). 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. Barbara Walker, Transcended (2017).
Photographer: Francesco Allegretto
David Adjaye | Sokari Douglas Camp | Ellen Gallagher | Joy Gregory | Isaac Julien | Dave Lewis | Hew Locke | Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier | Yinka Shonibare MBE