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Mukenge/Schellhammer. Film still "Beyond Pity". Experimental animated video. Kinshasa, 2020.

Occasional Groundwork: Groundings #1-#9

Details: Launch, talk and breakfast
Date: Friday 22 April 2022, 10 – 11 am
Venue: Casa Venezia, Calle Seconda dei Orbi, 5201 Castello, Venezia
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Occasional Groundwork are launching their first iniative Groundings #1-#9 – a series of co-commissioned texts by writers, artists, curators, and academics, exploring themes of internationalism, sustainability, audience, and infrastructure within the context of the contemporary art biennial and the shift in conditions imposed by the ongoing pandemic.

Occasional Groundwork is an alliance of three European biennials EVA (Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art), GIBCA (Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden), and LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway) that are each concerned with re-proposing the model of the international art biennial. Seeking a rooted infrastructure for the production and dissemination of contemporary art, Occasional Groundwork serves as a peer group for thinking through the existing and speculative frameworks of organisational practice.

Groundings features texts written by Grégory Castéra, Ben Eastham, Taru Elfving, Amanda Ferrada and Olivia Berkowicz, Valeria Graziano, Marcell Mars and Nick Thurston, Dylan Huw, Dr Omar Kholeif, Rebecca O’Dwyer, and Eszter Szakács. It will be launched during the preview days of the Venice Biennial 2022. It is distributed across the web platforms of the three biennials from April 8th, and available for download here.

The launch will include a presentation about the alliance, a talk by researcher and curator Eszter Szakács, and breakfast. The event is hosted by Casa Venezia as part of Something Out Of It, the Lofoten International Art Festival 2022 preview in Venice curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi. In the venue, a new environmental video installation by Tomaso De Luca (Verona, Italy 1988) produced in partnership with CASE CHIUSE by Paola Clerico is on display. The curatorial project continues with a permanent communal installation by Pauline Curnier Jardin at Giudecca Women’s Prison, accessible upon registration only. To attend the event in full, registration is mandatory, please click here.