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Joseph Koudelka
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Venice for the first time: this year’s debut pavilions

The 55th Venice Biennale sees ten national pavilions making an appearance for the first time, including the Golden Lion-winning Angola pavilion, the Maldives’ critique of environmental orthodoxies and The Holy See’s headline grabbing debut. Together, they tell of disappearance, natural disaster and genocide.

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Iraq in Venice: “This really is opening up the Iraqi art world”

For only the second time, Iraq has a national representation at the Venice Biennale. Curated by Ikon Gallery Director Jonathan Watkins, what sets it apart from the 2011 pavilion is that all the artists featured still live and work in the country. S Mark Gubb takes a look at the work on show and finds out how you pull off an exhibition from a country that has no curators, and of which curators on the outside know nothing about.

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