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Antigua and Barbuda Pavilion 58th Biennale of Art

The Antigua and Barbuda Pavilion of the Venice Biennale: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

Antigua and Barbuda Pavilion Venice Biennale of Art
Antigua and Barbuda Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Art - Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, Dorsoduro 919 - City of Venice

(Photo: Timothy Payne, colour photograph, Modern Bull, August 2018. © The Estate of Timothy A. Payne, 2019)

Exhibition in progress from 11 May to 24 November 2019

The 58th Biennale of Art will open to the public on 11 May 2019. But starting from a few days before the opening there will be the various openings and side events that always suddenly animate the Venetian artistic life. The title of the 58 edition of the Biennale d'Arte is May You Live In Interesting Times.

79 artists are invited to exhibit at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, with a prevalence of women. Among them the 2 Italians Ludovica Carbotta and Lara Favaretto. The first will make a site-specific work in Forte Marghera, inside the building known as the Austrian Powder Mill.

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Antigua and Barbuda Pavilion at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

Title of the exhibition at Antiga and Barbusa Pavilion is Find Yourself: Carnival and Resistance.

Timothy Payne, Sir Gerald Price, Joseph Seton and Frank Walter, Intangible Cultural, Heritage Artisans and Mas Troup.
Curator: Barbara Paca with Nina Khrushcheva
 Daryll Matthew, Minister of Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts.

Press Release

Antigua and Barbuda Venice Pavilion

Antigua and Barbuda’s National Pavilion celebrates Carnival. For this island nation, the development of the religious tradition of Carnival into an act of resistance remains true in today's modern festivals.

With the pageantry of costumes, parades, resolute songs, and dances, Carnival has been the manifestation of defiance from its inception as a slavery and post-abolition phenomenon to the present day.

A carnivalesque world is flexible.

Though rooted in faith, it accommodates shifting identities, which leads to introspection. Find Yourself is an exploration of Carnival in Antigua and Barbuda that expands into diverse locations such as Venice, New Orleans, Notting Hill, and Russia. This National Pavilion is a global study of identity through expression or repression of ritual. The international migration of symbols of freedom of expression and treasure highlight the unique history and similarities among people from many continents.

Portraits of Antiguans and Barbudans - a people of unique beauty and power - line the gallery walls to illustrate daily life, weddings, funerals, and Carnival. The photographic exhibition is enlivened by videos of celebrations, rituals, music, calypsos (protest songs), and dances, with towering mannequins clad in modern-day Carnival dress as a contemporary personification of strength.

Resplendent in headdress, jewelry, and textiles, the costumes portray determination and resilience. They honour the small island nation’s resolve to transform art forms. The intangible cultural heritage and collective arts of sculptors, tailors, seamstresses, wire benders, mask makers, mask designers, and seed and bead workers maintain their innate dignity and are reminiscent of their African, European, and American origins.

Forward looking, yet comprehensive in understanding its history, Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival expresses political will and the sovereignty of a soul, and stands as a microcosm of the world’s vulnerabilities. Woven into the exhibition in its stance against cultural and human exploitation is a message to challenge modern-day slavery and environmental inequality. As these threats are equally dangerous across the globe, visitors are invited to contemplate their respective societies within the Pavilion and to find meaning in their own national forms of cultural expression.

Hours: Gardens from 10.00 to 18.00. Arsenale from 10.00 to 18.00 (from 10.00 to 20.00 on Friday and Saturday until September 30th). Closed on Mondays (except May 13, September 2, November 18).
Tickets: please visit the official website. On the web € 21.50 until 31 March 2019.
Phone: +39.041.5218711; fax +39.041.5218704
Web: Biennale of Venice

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