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Presented by International Curators Forum (ICF) + University of the Arts, London

May 13th - November 26th 2017



Curators: by David Bailey + Jessica Taylor.

Artists: Larry Achiampong, Barby Asante, Libita Clayton, Kimathi Donkor, Sokari Douglas Camp, Michael Forbes, Ellen Gallagher, Nicola Green, Joy Gregory, Isaac Julien, Dave Lewis, Hew Locke, susan pui san lok, Paul Maheke, Khadija Saye, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Erika Tan, Barbara Walker + Abbas Zahedi.


Location: Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina, Cannaregio, 6104/A, 30100 Venice. (Googlemaps link here)

Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00, closed Tuesday.

The Diaspora Pavilion will showcase the work of 19 artists whose wide-ranging practices variously expand, complicate and destabilise diaspora as an enduring critical concept.


International Curators Forum and University of the Arts London invite you to the opening of the Diaspora Pavilion. Initially conceived as a challenge to the prevalence of national pavilions within the structure of an international Biennale, this exhibition takes its form from the coming-together of twenty artists whose practices in many ways expand, complicate and even destabilize diaspora as a term, while highlighting the continued relevance that diaspora as a lived reality holds for millions of people today. The project seeks to provoke discussions around sites of contact and the significance of movement beyond the national frame of contemporary art.


Diaspora Pavilion is part of a two-year mentorship and professional development project for 12 emerging artists with 10 artist mentors, and runs parallel to a similar project, Beyond the Frame, designed for 10 emerging curators with 10 curator mentors. Both projects aim to challenge the under-representation of artists and curators from diverse backgrounds in the visual arts. Both the artists and curators will have the opportunity to take part in group forum, masterclasses and international site visits over 22 months.

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