August 26, 2007 - Roma Pavilion at the Venice Biennale - Paradise: Lost or Under Construction?
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August 26, 2007

Paradise: Lost or Under Construction?

Damian Le Bas , Roma Europe, 2007 (detail),
mixed media on printed map, 76.5 x 67.3 cm.
Collection of the artist, photo: Delaine Le Bas

Paradise: Lost or Under Construction?
Roundtable at Roma Pavilion, Venice Biennale
17 September, 3 – 7pm 

Roma Pavilion
Palazzo Pisani S.Marina (Piano Nobile)
Cannaregio 6103
Calle delle Erbe, Venezia.
Tel: +36 302006031
www.romapavilion.org

Artists and cultural experts will debate issues of ‘trans-nationalism’ inspired by the firstever Roma Pavilion and Armenian Exhibition at this years Venice Biennale.

Presenting Roma and Armenian artistic production inside a world-famous exhibition associated so strongly with ‘national pavilions’ challenges the expectations of the public and the art world alike. But do the artworks in ‘Paradise Lost’ (Roma) and ‘Under Construction’ (Armenian) represent a ‘transnational community’ or a ‘historical globalised nation’? Do they usefully suggest alternative means of representing ‘community’ and ‘identity’ to those of the modern nation-state?

Debating these issues of art’s response to mixed belonging, temporary rootedness and cultural diversity will be Katia Anguelova (independent curator), Daniel Baker (artist featured in the Roma Pavilion), Silvina Der-Meguerditchian (curator of ‘Under Construction’), Annie Fletcher (curator of ‘Becoming Dutch’, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Timea Junghaus (curator of ‘Paradise Lost’) and Angela Serino (moderator).

Admission is free, but those wishing to attend should email press.romapavilion@osi.hu.

The debate ‘(dis)located subjects, (re)defined communities’ has been made possible by the support of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF, www.eurocult.org ), which is also the main sponsor of the Roma Pavilion.

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