Portable Nation – The Maldives Pavilion at 55th Venice Biennial
The history of aesthetics in the Maldives is largely undocumented. This unique archipelago is renowned for its stunning beaches and its striking environment. The first representation of the Maldives National Pavilion examines the meaning of nature, being, and disappearance within the mechanisms of a global world. Sixteen international projects respond to the concept of Contemporary Environmental Romanticism.
Artists Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Thierry Geoffrey (aka Colonel), Gregory Niemeyer, Stefano Cagol, Hanna Husberg, Laura McLean & Kalliopi, Tsipni-Kolaza, Khaled Ramadan, Moomin Fouad, Mohamed Ali, Sama Alshaibi, Patrizio Travagli, Achilleas Kentonis & Maria Papacaharalambous, Wooloo, Khaled Hafez, Wael Darwesh, Ursula Biemann, Heidrun Holzfeind & Christoph Draeger, Klaus Schafler.
Curatorial Team CPS – Chamber of Public Secrets (Alfredo Cramerotti, Aida Eltorie, Khaled Ramadan)
In collaboration with the Gervasuti Foundation
Associate Curators: Maren Richter, Camilla Boemio
Assistant Curators: Elena Gilbert, Stine Hoxbroe, Galia Kirilova, Dorian Batycka, Hanna Husberg, Laura McLean, Kalliopi Tsipni-Kolaza, Dana Koppel
Gervasuti Foundation – Via Garibaldi, Fontamenta Sant’Ana 995
May 29 – November 24, 2013