Curated by Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff, the International Exhibition at the 58th Venice Biennale features work by 74 artists across the two sites at the Giardini and Arsenale. Jack Hutchinson reports.
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The Swiss-Icelandic artist’s Barca Nostra (Our Boat) exhibit at the Arsenale consists of the wreck of a fishing boat that sank in the Mediterranean in 2015 with hundreds of migrants on board.
At an awards presentation in Venice Lithuania won the prize for best national presentation while Jafa was voted the best participant in the Ralph Rugoff-curated exhibition, ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’. The award for promising young artist went to Haris Epaminonda.
The Cardiff artist fills the rooms of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice with his exhibition ‘Undo Things Done’, combining a sculptural installation with film, prints, Welsh quilts and a daily live radio play featuring his mum.
The Irish artist has created an installation of four works that create a physically imposing environment at the Arsenale.
Ghana marks its debut at the Venice Biennale with a pavilion in the Arsenale designed by architect David Adjaye.
Commissioned by Scotland + Venice, the Turner Prize-winning artist’s new film completes an autobiographical trilogy that began in 2015 with Stoneymollan Trail.
The Glasgow-based artist, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008, unveils a large-scale installation that references the human body and offers a ‘mediation on the nature of love and the coexistence of life and death’.
Sean Edwards is presenting new work in Venice that draws on his experiences of growing up on a council estate in 1980s Cardiff and includes sculpture, film, prints, quilts and a radio play produced in partnership with National Theatre Wales. David Trigg finds out more.
From:May 11, 2019
To:November 24, 2019
The 58th Venice Biennale runs from 11 May to 24 November 2019. Here we pick out some national presentations you shouldn’t miss.
Titled ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’, 79 artists will feature in the 58th International Exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale.
The Turner Prize nominated artist, who works with moving image, sculpture, writing and performance, will represent Scotland at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.
The Arts Council of Wales has announced that Sean Edwards will be representing Cymru yn Fenis/Wales in Venice at next year’s Venice Biennale with new work that considers social class and the everyday.
The British Council has announced that the Glasgow-based, Belfast-born artist has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 58th International Art Exhibition, while Tate’s Curator of International Art Dr Zoe Whitley has been appointed to curate the exhibition.
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