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A Q&A with… Kimathi Donkor, Diaspora Pavilion artist at Venice Biennale 2017

London-based artist Kimathi Donkor is among 12 artists featured in the Diaspora Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, presented by the International Curators Forum and University of the Arts London. He talks about the importance of the British black arts movement in the 1980s, history painting, and the idea of diaspora.

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Image by Emily Sparkes,
with drawings by Emily Sparkes and Greg Basterfield.
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In Venice with… Rachel Maclean

During the opening week of her Scotland + Venice film, ‘Spite Your Face’, artist Rachel Maclean spoke to Emily Sparkes about politics, inappropriate nose-touching and pasta pomodoro.

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Rachel Maclean pictured at  Chiesa di Santa Caterina where her film, Spite Your Face, 2017, is being shown. Photo: Patrick Rafferty; Courtesy: Scotland + Venice
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A Q&A with… Rachel Maclean, Scotland + Venice artist

For her Venice Biennale film, Spite Your Face, Scottish artist Rachel Maclean has created a re-working of the Pinnocchio story that explores power, political lies and the rise of populism. Moira Jeffrey talks to her about the themes and form of the work.

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Edith Dekyndt, One Thousand and One Nights, 2016, carpet of dust lit by a spotlight, 300 x 200 x 2 cm
57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Viva Arte Viva. Photo: Italo Rondinella; Courtesy: Venice Biennale
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Venice 2017 review: Viva Arte Viva – the International exhibition

Curated by Christine Macel, this year’s International exhibition at the Venice Biennale is conceived as a series of nine ‘pavilions’ that span the Giardini and Arsenale sites. Pippa Koszerek finds thoughtful inquiry in an exhibition that at times can feel muddled and historically naive.

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Hew Locke, On the Tethys Sea (2017), and Susan Pui San Lok, Untitled (Pavilion), (2017), Installation view, Diaspora Pavilion, 2017 Venice Biennale. Photo: Binita Walia
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Venice 2017 review: Britain at the Biennale – from Phyllida’s folly to the Diaspora Pavilion

The UK’s presence at this year’s Venice Biennale is particularly strong, with Phyllida Barlow’s sculptures at the British Pavilion, Rachel Maclean’s new film for Scotland + Venice, James Richards’ sound and film work representing Wales, and the new Diaspora Pavilion reflecting the diverse cultural backgrounds of UK-based artists. Moira Jeffrey reports.

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Geta Brătescu, Doamna Oliver în costum de calatorie, [Lady Oliver in Traveling Costume], 1980-2012, b/w photography, 38.9 x 39.5 cm. Photo: Mihai Brătescu; Courtesy: the artist
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Venice 2017 preview: Ten must-see national pavilions

This year’s Venice Biennale features 85 national pavilions including four countries exhibiting for the first time. As the three-day preview begins prior to the biennale’s public opening on Saturday, Pippa Koszerek highlights 10 national pavilions that you really shouldn’t miss.

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Asya Gefter, photo of Tatiana Leonidovna, one of the people Gefter met undertaking research into the life and work of Polish Yiddish writer Debora Vogel. Supported by an a-n Travel bursary 2016.
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a-n bursaries 2017: open for applications from artists

The 2017 a-n bursaries are now open for applications from a-n Artist members, and alongside our regular Professional development, Travel awards and Venice Biennale bursaries, for the first time we’re offering members the chance to attend the preview of Documenta 14 in Kassel.

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Willie Doherty, Ghost Story, 2007 (video still), courtesy the artist and Matt's Gallery, London
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Venice and Northern Ireland: No show at Biennale is holding country’s artists and curators back

With the announcement last week that James Richards is to represent Wales at the 2017 Venice Biennale, joining Rachel Maclean for Scotland, Phyllida Barlow in the British Pavilion and Jesse Jones for Ireland, Belfast-based curator Hugh Mulholland laments the continuing absence of a Northern Ireland presence at the world’s longest running art biennial.

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