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Australian Pavilion. Australia at 58th Venice Biennale of Art

The Australian Pavilion. Australia at the Venice Biennale: the artists of the pavilion, the works, the times, the periods, the cost of the tickets and the exhibition venue.

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Australian Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Art - Biennale's Gardens, Castello - Venice

(Photo: Angelica Mesiti,ASSEMBLY, 2019(production still) three-channel videoinstallation in architecturalamphitheater. HD video projections,colour, six-channel mono sound, 25mins, dimensions variable.© Photography: Josh Raymond)

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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Australian Pavilion. Australia at 58th Biennale Arte of Venice

Title of the Venice Biennale's Australian Pavilion is Assembly.

Artist: Angelica Mesiti.
Curator: Juliana Engberg.
Commissioner: Australia Council for the Arts.
Seat: Biennale's Gardens, Castello - Venice

Press Release Australia Pavilion of 58th Venice Biennale of Art

"It is such a great honor that I am very grateful to accept. I would like to thank the jury for trusting in my practice and recognizing my work. I am excited to work with the brilliant Juliana Engberg as a curator; someone of whom I admire intelligence and integrity. With its depth of experience, humor and passion, I feel reassured about a wonderful collaboration. "

"I can't wait for an incredible year to develop the project with my esteemed team of collaborators and the team of the Australia Council Venice project to present a work of art that will challenge and involve the numerous public of the Biennale".

"ASSEMBLY engages with sound, music, performances, choreography and moving images and I use these forms of expression to explore the musical tropes of polyphony, cacophony, dissonance and harmony which, in the installation cinematographic that I am creating, can be understood as metaphors for the range of dynamics within a democratic system. "

- Angelica Mesiti

Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY is a new three-channel video installed within an architectural setting inspired by the historical shape of the community circle and amphitheatre.

ASSEMBLY establishes as an evolving set of translations from the written word to stenographic codes then music, and performance. Filmed in the Senate chambers of Italy and Australia, the three screens of ASSEMBLY travel through the corridors, meeting rooms and parliaments of government while performers, representing the multitude of ancestries that constitute cosmopolitan Australia, gather, disassemble and re-unite, demonstrating the strength and creativity of a plural community.

Angelica Mesiti is the 39th artist to present work for Australia at the La Biennale di Venezia, which is widely considered one of the most important and prestigious events on the international arts calendar.

Based between Sydney and Paris, Angelica worked with more than 40 Australian arts professionals to realise the work. “Collaboration is an important part of my practice, and a central element in the work itself. ASSEMBLY draws on a need to come together, to exchange and to learn from each other. So I thank and acknowledge the dancers, singers, musicians, film and sound practitioners, the designers, architect, installation and project team who helped me bring this work to fruition,” she said.

Commissioner for Australia, Australia Council Chair Sam Walsh AO, said, “Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY continues Australia’s important contribution to contemporary visual arts and to this very significant international exhibition.

“Angelica Mesiti has created an important new work that depicts the many faces of modern Australia, the fragility of the human condition, and our need in difficult times, to come together to share, celebrate and gain strength. We expect ASSEMBLY will resonate for international and Australian audiences alike.”

Artist Angelica Mesiti said, “Translation has been a particular enquiry and methodology for me for a number of years. In ASSEMBLY, I explore the space where communication moves from verbal and written forms to non-verbal, gestural and musical forms. The latter creates a sort of code upon which meaning, memory and imagination can be overlaid.”

Curator Juliana Engberg said, “ASSEMBLY uses and personifies the exilic energies of those who seek belonging in the community—the young, the female, Indigenous, the newly arrived and exiled, the refugee as well as the artist. Mesiti’s performers play along to an inherited code, but through translation, improvisation, adaptation, and re-interpretation demonstrate how a new music can emerge.
The abstract relations and associations within ASSEMBLY open a space of imagined possibilities arising out of strange juxtapositions and unlikely relocations. “Cutting a rupture into the voided place of government to ignite a next succession of communication, ASSEMBLY seeks to create a new space for those who want to speak differently, hear attentively, and act together to form a new translation of the democratic process.”

The National Gallery of Australia will acquire ASSEMBLY following its premiere at the Biennale. The work will be part of the National Gallery’s 2020 program and with plans to tour nationally the following year, in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts.

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s principal arts funding and advisory body. Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale began in 1954 and has been managed by the Australia Council since 1978.

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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