POLITICS OF SPACE
How is Politics of Space manifested at the Venice Biennale? What does it mean to Decolonize the Museum? How can we create Safe and Healthy Art Spaces for Inclusive Dialogue?
Arts & Globalization Platform presents Politics of Space, a public talk- and performance program part of GAD – Giudecca Art District during the Venice Biennale 2019.
The program will take place in the former church Chiesa ss Cosma e Damiano, Giudecca, Venice and will open up to a collective reflection with the public on how art is related to politics of space.
Jelili Atiku, the world-renowned Nigerian performance and multidisciplinary artist, who participated in the 57th International Art Exhibition, will open the program with his new performance entitled ‘My Eyes Are Larger Than My Mouth’.
Rikke Jørgensen, Founder of the Arts & Globalization Platform, says about the program:
“In a world characterized by growing inequalities and asymmetrical concentrations of wealth and power, it is necessary to acknowledge that the spaces through which we move and the places in which we live are thoroughly political. Politics of space shapes the homes, streets and cities in which we live, defining the spaces and places in which we are able to pursue our lives. From national borders to walls and wire fences; from privatization of land to exclusion and expulsion of persecuted peoples; questions of space and place, of who can be where and what they can do there, are at the very heart of the most important political debates of our time. While the political character of the temporal nature of human existence is generally acknowledged – history has long been understood in political terms – we can all too easily fail to recognize, with adequate sensitivity and clarity, that the spatial dimension of our lives is also essentially political. Venice is a loaded city where it is interesting to talk about politics of space because of its history as a center of global trade and finance and because it can be seen as a microcosm of the western world and its relation to the global”.
The invited speakers in the program are:
Awam Amkpa (NI), Malala Andrialavidrazana (MD/FR), Arnaud Cohen (FR), Christian Danielewitz (DK), Gig Depio (PH/US), Tanner Goldbeck (US), Paul Goodwin (UK), Kristian Handberg (DK), Valentina Gioia Levy (IT), Enrico Lunghi (LU), Ibrahim Mahama (GH), Waseem Marzouki (SY), Pascale Obolo (CR/FR).
The Arts & Globalization Platform is a global interdisciplinary platform, which was founded in 2015 after the Arts & Globalization Conference in Copenhagen. The platform was part of the 57th Venice Biennale with an independent pavilion and is dedicated to transnational questions in relation to globalization and contemporary arts and culture.
See the full program below.
OPENING PERFORMANCE by Jelili Atiku
My Eyes Are Larger Than My Mouth
The performance by Jelili Atiku (NI) is organized by Rikke Jørgensen (DK), Art & Globalization Platform and Simona Carniato (IT), Studioo non-profit.
INTRODUCTION to the program
Politics of Space
Rikke Jørgensen (DK), Arts & Globalization Platform
Seeing Power – Authoritarianisms & Art
Arnaud Cohen (FR) in conversation with Enrico Lunghi (LU)
What kind of strategies do artists and curators deploy when the democratic space shrinks? A performative talk on curatorial struggles and on Arnaud Cohen´s work Dansez Sur Moi latest exhibited at Kunstverein am Rosa Luxemburg Platz, Berlin (2017) and at Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris (2019).
ARTIST & CURATOR CONVERSATION I
On the Future of Artist-run Spaces
Ibrahim Mahama (GH) in conversation with Paul Goodwin (UK)
What does it mean to create a new art institution? What is the motivation behind and the potential? What does it take? Ibrahim Mahama, artist and founder of Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art, Tamale, Ghana talks to Paul Goodwin, Curator and Contemporary Art Professor, Chelsea College of Arts – University of the Arts London about creating new artist-run spaces for contemporary art, research and education.
ARTIST & CURATOR CONVERSATION II
The Optimistic Precariousness of the Current Existence
Valentina Gioia Levy (IT) in conversation with Gig Depio (PH/US) and Tanner Goldbeck (US) with a video intervention of Waseem Marzouki (SY)
The three artists selected for the exhibition There Are No Titans (GAD) represent voices of today’s American life under extreme duress: disproportionate wealth distribution, urban growth and decay, immigration ban, perpetual war, pop culture, and radicalized politics just to name a few. Gig Depio, Tanner Goldbeck and Waseem Marzouki are mirrors into a culture and society becoming evermore bipolar and spinning out of control.
KICK-OFF PANEL SESSION
Articulations of Resistance in Art
Malala Andrialavidrazana,Visual Artist (MA/FR)
Pascale Obolo,Independent Curator/Editor-in- chief of Afrikadaa/Filmmaker/Activist (CM/FR)
Christian Danielewitz, Visual Artist and PhD fellow, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (DK)
Kristian Handberg, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen (DK)
On artistic articulations of resistance in contemporary art and on the biennial as a scene for articulations of the contemporary state and new global optics since the 1960s.
Awam Amkpa (NI/US), Curator and Associate Professor of Drama, Social and Cultural Analysis, Director, Africana Studies, NYUAD Arts and Humanities Division
ROUNDTABLE WORKSHOPS for the public
An Inclusive Art Scene – Are We There Yet?
This is a PARTICIPATION FOR ALL session. You are cordially invited to join us for a collective reflection on 3 questions related to the our current art scenes. All answers will be exhibited in Giudecca Art District during the opening week of the Venice Biennale 2019. We will talk about the following questions:
- How is Politics of Space manifested at the Venice Biennale?
- What does it mean to Decolonize the Museum?
- How can we create Safe and Healthy Art Spaces for Inclusive Dialogue?
Workshop facilitator: Rikke Jørgensen, Arts & Globalization Platform (DK)
Social Time will create space for new friendships and networking. It will take place in the courtyard of the former church of Santi Cosma e Damiano.
All talks will take place in the former church of Santi Cosma e Damiano, Campo San Cosmo 624 30133, Giudecca, Venice Venezia, ITALY.
Politics of Space talk and performance program is curated by Independent Curator Rikke Jørgensen (DK).