The Border Pavilion. Research Pavilion.curator.Raul Zamudio taylor. Venice Biennale

fronteraThe Border Pavilion
Curated by Raul Zamudio
An integral part of Jeanette Doyle’s CF Project (or the Inaugural Automonous Biennale)
29/09-01/10, 2017
Research Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Artists: Anney Bonney, Stefano Cagol, Holly Crawford*, Shahram Entekhabi, Scherezade Garcia, Ferran Martin, Cleverson Oliveira, Damian Ontiveros, Nadja Verena Marcin, Riiko Sakkinen, Avelino Sala, Julia San Martin, Teresa Serrano, Celia Elsamieh Shomal, Daniel Silvo, S et P Stanikas, Carlo Zanni.
“I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me”
― Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph and Other Stories
The Border Pavilion is a program of video works by international artists that focus on the global geopolitics of the border. As a component of the Research Pavilion’s thematic of engaging the Venice Biennial model of national representation in order to question the politics of its exhibition structure, The Border Pavilion extends this framework by encompassing what Edward Soja conceptualized as “ThirdSpace” and Homi Bhabha’s notion of the interstitial regarding agency in the wake of post-colonialism. That is to say, a social space and subjectivity that is syncretic and protean and foundational for an empowered and emancipatory political imaginary.
*As a supplement to the video exhibition, there will be a live performance by Holly Crawford at the Research Pavilion titled, “If I’m, who are You? Oh, so sorry. Why should anything happen to me?”
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‘Cf’ at the Research Pavilion, Venice, is part of a program of works hosted by the Graduate School for Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) Dublin which is co-curated by Noel Fitzpatrick and Brian Fay. The project is implemented in co-operation with the Norwegian Artistic Research Program and the Swedish Arts Universities’ collaboration Konstex. This edition lasts five months (from early May to mid-October) and is be undertaken as a Nordic collaboration together with institutional partners outside Scandinavia, this year including the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Zurich University of the Arts.
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