A series of dynamic performances during the final weekend of the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, commissioned by Arts Council England and co-produced by Delfina Foundation and the Venice Biennale as part of Meetings on Art.

Following the success of last May’s pre-opening-week performances, the closing weekend of Biennale Arte 2019 (22-24 November) will host a series of new performances taking place in the Arsenale at Teatro alle Tese and Teatro Piccolo within the context of the Meetings on Art. This programme has been devised by Ralph Rugoff, Artistic Director of the 58th Venice Biennale of Art, and Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation,

The closing weekend programme extends the theme of the 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live in Interesting Times, and features a line-up of artists who are defining this generation of performance. In a series of performative lectures and listening sessions, Vivian Caccuri, Bo Zheng, Cooking Sections, Vivien SansourInvernomuto and Solange Knowles interrogate biopolitics and wider ecological concerns, from the land to the sea to the human body. In a new collaboration, Paul Maheke, Nkisi & Ariel Efraim Ashbel bring to the fore diasporic geographies, ancestral knowledge, and questions of visibility and invisibility of marginalised voices in Western-dominated history. Taken together, the performance programme opens up new and complex readings of the past, present and potential future.

Schedule

Arsenale, Teatro alle Tese 3

11:30 – 12:30
Bo Zheng
Plant Sex Workshop, 2019. 25 min.

Vivian Caccuri
Mosquitoes Also Cry, 2018. 25 min.

13:00 – 14:00
Cooking Sections
CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones, 2018. 25 min.

Vivien Sansour
Autonomia, 2019. 25 min.

14:30 – 15:30
Invernomuto
Black Med: Chapter IV. Listening session, 2019. 50 min.


Arsenale, Teatro Piccolo

18:15
Paul Maheke, Nkisi & Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Sènsa, 2019. 30 min.
[Capacity: 68]

Arsenale, Teatro alle Tese 3

11:30 – 12:30
Bo Zheng
Plant Sex Workshop, 2019. 25 min.

Vivian Caccuri
The Fever Hand, 2019. 25 min.

13:00 – 14:00
Cooking Sections
CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones, 2018. 25 min.

Vivien Sansour
Autonomia, 2019. 25 min.

14:30 – 15:30
Invernomuto
Black Med: Chapter IV. Listening session, 2019. 50 min.


Arsenale, Teatro Piccolo

18:15
Paul Maheke, Nkisi & Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Sènsa, 2019. 30 min.
[Capacity: 68]

Arsenale, Teatro alle Tese 2

17:00
Musical performance by Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and visual artist.

Solange will debut a new musical performance will explore themes of protection, transformation and spiritual expedition. Evolving the artist’s interest in using sound and movement as an architectural language. The piece debuts new contemporary musical compositions and performance works composed and directed by Solange. It also features choreography from Bridge-s by artists Gerard & Kelly, which was co-directed by Solange and created in 2019 for The Getty Museum.


All attendees are encouraged to dress in black for the performance.

Maximum capacity: 120 seats. Free admission for Exhibition ticket holders subject to availability. Please visit the website of La Biennale di Venezia for full details.

Performance locations

Acknowledgements

The performances have been commissioned by Arts Council England as part of Meetings on Art at the 58th Venice Biennale of Art. In addition to this performance programme, Meetings on Art includes a rich series of events, artist talks, and conversations.

Artist supporters of part II of the programme include Alserkal Arts Foundation, Frances Reynolds/Institute Inclusartiz, Nissreen Darawish, and Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons.

Participating artists – Final weekend

Vivian Caccuri

Cooking Sections

Invernomuto

Solange Knowles

Paul Maheke, Nkisi and Ariel Efraim Ashbel

Vivien Sansour

Bo Zheng

and more


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