terça-feira, 10 de março de 2009

Escócia em Veneza

Visual artist Martin Boyce has been selected to represent Scotland at the 2009 Venice Biennale; the world’s largest and most prestigious international showcase for contemporary visual arts.
This will be the fourth Scottish presentation at Venice by the Scottish Arts Council, together with partners the National Galleries of Scotland and the British Council in Scotland and is curated for the first time by Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).
Scotland and Venice 2009 will be the first time a solo presentation has been selected to represent Scotland and the presentation will build on the critical success of previous projects which have promoted artists including Turner Prize winner Simon Starling and current Turner Prize nominee Cathy Wilkes.
Martin Boyce’s work relates to and transforms the space around it creating atmospheric, sculptural art inspired by modernist design history. His work has been shown across the world and is currently exhibited at the prestigious Sculpture Center in New York. An installation ‘Our love is like the earth, the sun, the trees and the birth’, (2002) is on show at the Gallery of Modern Art in his home town of Glasgow.
Boyce will develop work specifically for the presentation in Venice and he has already undertaken a visit to Venice to identify sites and locations together with the DCA curatorial team of Judith Winter, Deputy Director/Head of Arts Programme and Graham Domke, Exhibitions Curator.
Following the Venice presentation the work will return to Scotland in December 2009 to be presented at a special exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts marking its 10th anniversary.
In addition, an exhibition at the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney this autumn offers visitors a flavour of the first three Scottish presentations at Venice with work by Simon Starling (2003) Cathy Wilkes (2005) and Charles Avery (2007).

The exhibition ‘Venice & Scotland – 2003, 2005, 2007’ will be on show at the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney from 20 September to 8 November 2008
Palestine c/o Venice

Palestine c/o Venice
53rd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
June 7th - Sept. 30th, 2009
Opening reception June 6th at 5 pm

Convento Ss. Cosma & Damiano,
Campo S. Cosmo,
Giudecca Palanca,
30133 Venezia

Jawad Al Malhi - House No. 197, 2007-2009 - Image: courtesy of the artist - © Jawad Al Malhi

Palestine c/o Venice marks the first Palestinian participation at the Venice Biennale. Rather than adopt one theme, the exhibition takes on a conceptual framework that embraces the Palestinian people questioning the disproportionate use of the media image of nameless faces and voiceless people. Two of the art projects are collaborative interventions with diverse Palestinian communities whose members will travel to Venice to participate in the art performance and/or the Symposium.

In the same spirit, it is appropriate and necessary to insure that the Palestinian communities under siege, unable to obtain travel passes, join in celebrating the first Palestinian exhibition at the Venice Biennale. In this respect, six Palestinian art institutions in Palestine will exhibit duplicates of the art works, thereby allowing Palestinian audiences to participate in the opening of the exhibition simultaneously to its opening in Venice. The Palestinian venues are: A.M. Qattan Foundation, Birzeit University Art Museum, Al-Hoash Palestinian Art court, International Academy of Art Palestine, Al Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, and Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation.

The seven participating artists, commissioned to create new works, were chosen for their outstanding commitment to their art and their ability to bridge local and global themes. Among them are emerging and established artists. They employ diverse techniques including sound installation, multimedia performance installation, site specific work, animation, photography, and video. Their art references Palestinian issues within an international artistic discourse. It is self-reflexive on the artistic process outside the boundaries of the traditional exhibition space, tackles themes ranging from the epistemology of the concept of biennales to the dialogue of cultures within architecture and urban design, and explores visual perception of objects in the mechanical state, marginality via the structural geography of the refugee camp, and the activation of an almost non-exiting community discourse on the colonialist socio-spatial reconfiguration of urban centers.

Participating Artists
Taysir Batniji, lives and works in Paris
Shadi HabibAllah, lives and works in Ramallah
Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, live and work in Bethlehem
Jawad Al Malhi, lives and work in Jerusalem
Emily Jacir, lives and works in Ramallah/New York
Khalil Rabah, lives and works in Ramallah
Curator: Salwa Mikdadi, Independent Curator based in Berkeley, CA
Commissioner: Vittorio Urbani, Director Nuova Icona

Symposium: Conversations
Date: June 5th, 2009 9:30 until 5:00 pm
Free Admission. Limited seating, early registration required
Contact: info@palestinecoveniceb09.org

Issues to be discussed will focus on art in the time of perpetual crisis, the role artists play in civil society as activist and as catalysts of democratic discourse, and the artists' activation of public spaces as alternative venues in the absence of museums and state support.

Symposium participants include the artists as well as art historian Yazid Anani (Birzeit University, W. Bank), Kamal Boullata (artist & art historian), Salwa Mikdadi, Vittorio Urbani, Tina Sherwell (art historian and director of The International Academy of Art Palestine), Jack Persekian (curator, al Ma'mal Foundation for the Arts, Jerusalem & artistic director of the Sharjah Biennale) architects Suad Al Amiry (Director, Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation) and Farhat Yousef (Head of Planning Unit, Riwaq), Ramallah.

Catalogue: A fully illustrated catalogue will be available in two editions, Arabic and English.

For more information contact Salma Tuqan, Exhibition Coordinator at: