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Diaspora Pavilion | Venice to Wolverhampton

Group show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. 2018
Date: 10 February, 2018 until 29 April, 2018
Curator: David A. Bailey and Jessica Taylor
Organiser: International Curators Forum

Diaspora Pavilion | Venice to Wolverhampton was “a re-staging of a selection of works previously shown in the exhibition Diaspora Pavilion that took place in Venice during the the 57th Venice Biennale last year. The works shown here are by seven of the 19 artists who were part of the Venice show, all of who were selected due to the variety of ways that their practices engage with diaspora as a concept.

The Diaspora Pavilion grew out of a desire to provide a space for artists to pose counter-narratives that interrogate the notion of diaspora and a topical interest in the impact of increased global mobility, displacement and migration on culture. The idea of diaspora here functions as a tool with which to explore how artistic practice has been influenced by cross-cultural exchange.

On the  ground floor Larry Achiampong is screening a short film entitled Sunday’s Best in the Contemporary Gallery. The film addresses the impact that colonial histories have had on religious practices within the African diaspora. In the West Gallery susan pui san lok has installed a new configuration of an on-going work entitled Golden. Composed of shimmering gold curtains accompanied by audio pieces, plus a video work not previously exhibited in Venice, this installation explores notions of nostalgia and aspiration. Beginning in the Morris Gallery and continuing on the first floor, Abbas Zahedi presents a re-formulation of the site-specific installation he developed for the original Pavilion with the new addition of a video work. In his practice Zahedi explores survival techniques for what he has termed neo-diasporic predicament, one of which is the exercise of bottling drinks, which the artist himself performs. Zahedi has produced a Saffrock Shandy for Diaspora Pavilion, which will be sold in the café upstairs.

On the first floor of the Gallery five paintings by Kimathi Donkor have been inserted into the displays in the Victorian and Georgian galleries. These interventions address and disrupt different historical moments, invoking figures and myths across time periods, to generate new perspectives in painting.

In the Focus Gallery Paul Maheke presents The River Asked for a Kiss (To Pateh Sabally), a series of four hanging curtains on printed text, and In the Watery Core of those Stories, which includes two fish tanks placed on the floor. Both works explicitly reference the Venetian canal, echoing Maheke’s interest in water as a subject through which to explore issues around migration and displacement.

For the Diaspora Pavilion Michael Forbes has produced a new series of sculptures and paintings exhibited here for the first time. These works, like the series shown in Venice, bring together historical artefacts and contemporary objects as a means of commenting on processes of valuation and collecting in connection to urgent issues of the moment.

In an adjoining gallery Erika Tan has re-designed the large-scale work made for the Venice Pavilion, The ‘Forgotten’ Weaver (RETURNS), onto which she projects two video pieces, and has introduced a third projection element, The Weavers Lament. Together the four elements of the installation consider the relevance in the postcolonial reframing of modernism.

Curated by David A. Bailey and Jessica Taylor”

The above text is from the brochure accompanying the exhibition, which took place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 10 February - 29 April 2018.


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Brochure relating to an exhibition, 2018

People in this exhibition + view all 9

»  David A. Bailey MBE

Born, 1961 in UK

»  Kimathi Donkor

Born, 1965 in Bournemouth, England

»  Michael Forbes

Born, 1962

»  susan pui san lok

Born, 1972 in Essex, England

Exhibition venues

»  Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom