alcramer [Alfredo Cramerotti]

PAVILION OF MAURITIUS AT THE 56th INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION – La Biennale di Venezia

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 3, 2015

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PAVILION OF MAURITIUS AT THE 56th INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION – La Biennale di Venezia

(first official participation)

 

From One Citizen You Gather an Idea

Participants: Sultana Haukim, Nirmal Hurry, Alix Le Juge, Olga Jürgenson, Helge Leiberg, Krishna Luchoomun, Neermala Luckeenarain, Bik Van Der Pol, Vitaly Pushnitsky, Römer + Römer, Kavinash Thomoo, Tania Antoshina, Djuneid Dulloo

Commissioner: pARTage

Curators: Alfredo Cramerotti and Olga Jürgenson (Office for Roles & Responsibilities)

Venue: Palazzo Flangini, Campo San Geremia, Cannareggio 252, 30121 Venezia, Italy

 

Inauguration: 5 May 2015, 5pm

 

The first national Pavilion of the Republic of Mauritius at the Art Biennale 2015, 9th May – 22nd November 2015, is based on a dialogue between Mauritian and European artists. Mauritius is a fusion of cultures, languages and ethnicities, with its population made of Indian, African, Chinese and European descendants; the co-presence of temples, churches and mosques in every town of this island nation reveals this diversity.

Virtually uninhabited until the end of the 16th century, the island was then ruled by the Dutch, French and British, before gaining independence in 1968. The newly born state has managed to maintain close ties with their former rulers, and also to establish an economic relationship with the USSR. Since 2000 the Ibrahim Index of African Governance has consistently rated Mauritius as the best-governed African nation in terms of safety, economic development and human rights.

However in art and culture, different sets of assessments apply; there is a short distance to questioning the value and relevance of the contemporary cultural output of a region in relation to the global artworld. The Pavilion is not only a slice of the Mauritian artistic and cultural scene, but also a take on Western conventions when it comes to assessing the ‘art now’ and the canons and critical approaches to the issues of the day.

The Pavilion’s underlying assumption is that art has meaning when challenging its own structure and relationships. Consequently the participating artists from Europe, based in established art centres such as the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Russia, are each invited to present a work in response to the work by seven artists based in Mauritius, a remote island in the Indian Ocean. The artists are invited to challenge each other’s aesthetic and ideological canons, initiating discussions about art theory and practice, colonial heritage and postcolonial relations, education and politicisation of culture.

With this indirect approach to the idea of inclusiveness and difference, carried out by the work of thirteen prominent artists in their respective countries, the Pavilion of Mauritius aims to ‘take the temperature’ of the global art world, and possibly provide – besides a lot of questions – some answers.

The commissioning body and responsible for the Pavilion of Mauritius is pARTage Association of Contemporary Artists on behalf of the Mauritius National Gallery and the Ministry of Culture.

Project advisers: Alessio Antoniolli, Maria Arusoo, Pamela Auchincloss for Arts Management and Cultural Agency ELEVEN +, Giorgia Mis for ArtICE / Arts production, Dimitri Ozerkov, Georg Schöllhammer, Joanna Sokołowska, Olesya Turkina, Gabriella Uhl

Supporters: Ministry of Arts and Culture of the Republic of Mauritius, Mondriaan Fund, Prince Claus Fund, Galerie Vallois. With thanks to Fariba Derakhshani, Cédric Rabeyrolles Destailleur, Jean-Luc Maslin, Julie Penfold, Veronika Poptsova, John Prime, Aleksandra Smirnova, Robert Vallois, Nicola Wright, Eduard Piel, L’Orizzonte, Art-Events and Valorizzazioni Culturali.

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  1. Eli Acheson-Elmassry said, on May 3, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Congratulations Alfredo, I wish you the best of success with the inauguration and look forward to visiting a bit later on in the season.

  2. […] PAVILION OF MAURITIUS AT THE 56th INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION – La Biennale di Venezia. […]

  3. montserratjade said, on May 5, 2015 at 10:58 am

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