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Adel Abdessemed’s participation at Rothko in Lampedusa at Palazzo Querini, Venice

Rothko in Lampedusa  is an independent show organised by UNHCR taking place during the 58th Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Querini. The exhibition reflects upon the migrant crisis utilising a poignant artistic language. The common thread weaving throughout the exhibition is Mark Rothko, the artist who escaped from the repressive regime of the Russian Empire in the beginning of the 20th century. If this particular refugee had not been able to explore his artistic potential in his host country, we would not have his extraordinary artworks today. The exhibition therefore intends to create a dialogue between established contemporary artists and five younger refugee artists, who will be hosted in residency in the city of Venice / May 11 – November 24, 2019

Simon Fujiwara at CCA, Montreal

The exhibition Our Happy Life is a three-act study on the new spatial models founded on the measurement of happiness, and the complexity of the Data world. The exhibition, curated by Francesco Garutti  is open from 8 May till 13 October at CCA, Canadian Centre of Architecture. How do we measure the quality of our life? What is the data behind happiness? Over the last decade, lists of indicators, indices and rankings commisioned and produced by public and private entities alike, have changed how we perceived and design the space we inhabit. Key to the development of these lists was Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2008 formation of a committee to rethink GDP as a measure of social progress and David Cameron’s 2010 initiative to collect national statistics on well-being.  Both of these projects can be seen as early markers of a new Happiness Agenda. At a global scale, the consequences of  this agenda include a redefinition of relational parameters between wealth and well-being and the rise of a social science, rooted in new strategies of data collection.    

Latifa Echakhch at Wanås Konst’s sculpture park, Knislinge, Sweden

On May 5 and until November 3, 2019, the sculpture park Wanås Konst will open Not a Single Story II curated by Elisabeth Millqvist & Mattias Givell. The “story” as a concept, the participating artists, their practices, and how they relate to the site comprise the central elements of this exhibition. The starting point, and inspiration for the title, comes from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s well-known Ted Talk that she begins, “I am a storyteller. And I would like to tell you a few personal stories about what I like to call ‘the Danger of the Single Story’.” Not a Single Story II is a further development of the exhibition with the same title, curated by the leadership duo behind Wanås Konst, for The Nirox Foundation, a sculpture park outside Johannesburg, in 2018.

Mircea Cantor at Red Brick Museum, Beijing

The Red Brick Art Museum will launch a new exhibition entitled Your footsteps are the road, for there is no road – An artistic road amid the Marcel Duchamp Prize artists on April 26, 2019, aiming to present contemporary French art and a multi-faceted look at the Marcel Duchamp Prize in a new way. The works of the 14 winners and nominated artists of the Marcel Duchamp Prize will also kick off the “Croisements Festival” on the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and France.