Remembering the Future in Venice



What role does the art institution play in the making of history? How do we include new voices in the arts and in the society? What role does contemporary art play today and in the future?  Join us at the Arts & Globalization Pavilion during 57th Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy.

27 April, 2017.

The Arts & Globalization Pavilion will take place during the 57th Venice Biennale and will present the talk- and performance program Remembering the Future at Palazzo Rossini in the center of Venice from May 10 to May 19, 2017.

The program will address some of today’s most important questions: how was/is the history of art made, who is telling the story and how do we use art to process collective memories and traumas. It will address the role of art in relation to human rights, gender and the postcolonial question. Some of the talks will explore how re-opening forgotten or hidden archives affects our futures.

On the 10th of May there will be a Kick Off/Press Event in Palazzo Rossini. At this event you can experience a performance by the French artist Myriam Mihindou in the garden of Palazzo Rossini. Her works seek to channel, through the lens of transformative experience, the healing processes and rituals that accompany a transition from one state to another. There will be a presentation of the Arts & Globalization Platform and talks featuring Curator Simon Njami, Professor Nora Sternfeld, Filmmaker and Editor-in Chief Pascale Obolo and Curator Alicia Knock.

The Arts & Globalization Pavilion will open on the 13th of May at 4pm with the conversation How Is Art History Made? between Curator and Art Historian Jean-Hubert Martin, internationally recognized for being one of the key figures behind Centre Pompidou in Paris and for his groundbreaking exhibition Magiciens de la Terre (Magicians of the World) and Independent Curator Rikke Jørgensen, founder of the Arts & Globalization Platform.

This year´s Arts & Globalization program in Venice will feature a number of talks and performances by leading and emerging curators and artists. The program will include Artist Jelili Atiku (NG), Curator and Art Historian Jean-Hubert Martin (FR), Artist Jeannette Ehlers (DK), Curator and Writer Simon Njami (CH), Artist Myriam Mihindou (FR), Curator and Professor Paul Goodwin (UK), Artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (DK), Artist Arnaud Cohen (FR), Cultural Producer and Filmmaker Pascale Obolo (FR), Professor Temi Odumosu (UK), Professor Nora Sternfeld (AU), Artist Nabil Boutros (FR/EG), Curator Alicia Knock (FR), Curator Valentina G. Levy (IT), Artist Lisa Batacchi (IT/US), Artist Anna Mapoubi (CM/FR), Performance Artist Aram Atamian (AR), Curator Anna K. Gargarian (AR) and Curator and Writer Osei Bonsu (UK). The program is curated by Rikke Jørgensen (DK)

The event will be the international launch of the Arts & Globalization Platform and will bridge to the next Arts & Globalization Conference that is planned to take place in 2018. The first Arts & Globalization Conference – Achieving Intercultural Dialogue Through the Arts was held in Copenhagen in 2015.

The purpose of the Arts & Globalization Platform is to create a community for the different stakeholders of the arts in order to host an international and interdisciplinary conversation on the role of art in the global society. The Arts & Globalization Platform aims to promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue through contemporary art and critical thinking. The platform is a meeting place that can generate new artistic and curatorial ideas, new international networks, collaborations and friendships.

The background for the project and for the Arts & Globalization Platform is to be found in the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The Arts & Globalization Pavilion in Venice is an independent project produced by UrbanArt Communications, co-produced by the GAA Foundation, and co-organised by European Cultural Centre, Venice.

For all press enquiries please contact UrbanArt Communications:
Rikke Jørgensen: / T +45 27 50 90 39


May 10, 2017 at 3PM:


Kick-Off / Press Event

3 PM: Performance by Myriam Mihindou (FR)

3.30 PM: Presentation of the Arts & Globalization Platform

4 PM: On Activism and The Emerging Museum

Pascale Obolo (FR), Nora Sternfeld (AU) and Alicia Knock (FR)

5 PM: Journeys Through Time And Space

Curator Simon Njami (FR)


May 13, 2017 at 4PM:


Opening Talk by Curator Jean-Hubert Martin (FR) joined by Independent Curator Rikke Jørgensen (DK).

4PM: How is Art History Made?




Palazzo Rossini

European Cultural Centre

4013 Campo Manin

30124 Venice


May 14, 2017 at 2PM:


Please join us for The Black Parade – Let´s Liberate! – a parade through Venice lead by performance artist Jeannette Ehlers (DK). The Parade will start at Campo Manin outside Palazzo Rossini at 2pm and it will end in front of the Diaspora Pavilion at Palazzo Pisani a Santa Marina.

See the full program here: