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Shilpa Gupta, Venice Biennale Arte, Venice

The 58th International Art Exhibition “May you live in interesting times”  that includes Shilpa Gupta’s works, is curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta is open untill 24 November 2019. «The title of this Exhibition could be interpreted as a sort of curse – stated Paolo Baratta – where the expression “interesting times” evokes the idea of challenging or even “menacing” times, but it could also simply be an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity, an invitation, thus, that appears to be particularly important in times when, too often, oversimplification seems to prevail, generated by conformism or fear. And I believe that an exhibition of art is worth our attention, first and foremost, if it intends to present us with art and artists as a decisive challenge to all oversimplifying attitudes.» The Exhibition develops from the Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale and includes 79 participants from all over the world.

Shilpa Gupta at Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai

“Altered Inheritances: Home is a Foreign Place” a Group Show by Shilpa Gupta and Zarina is open untill the 13th July at Ishara Art Foundation  in Dubai. The title resonates with the condition of being South Asian in the Gulf; at home, but yet elsewhere. In Altered Inheritances – 100  (Last Name) Stories (2014), Gupta traces individuals who changed their last names either to succeed, or to survive. A linear presentation of images is layered with the reasons that names were shed, and then split in half, evoking a sharp break with the past. The words on each of 36 monochrome woodcuts are “triggers for memory” in Zarina’s Home is a Foreign Place (1999), expressing a quiet yearning for a home she could not return to. The architectural staging of the two-person exhibition is inspired by the floorplan of her childhood home, creating intimate spaces for almost forty works presented in both formal and conceptual affinity. The exhibition includes a video by Sophie Ernst, where Zarina recollects leaving the house after the Partition in 1947. Ishara Art Foundation is the first non-profit independent institution dedicated to contemporary South Asian art and artists in West Asia. Founded by Smita Prabhakar, Ishara Art Foundation is a new space for contemporary art and artistic exchange building on the shared histories, continued presence and cultural contribution of South Asian voices in the Gulf. Richard Armstrong, Director of the Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation chairs the Advisory Board, which includes Maya Allison, Executive Director of NYUAD Art Gallery, art historian Sandhini Poddar, and artists Bharti Kher and Chittrovanu Mazumdar. Ishara Art Foundation is presented in partnership with Alserkal Avenue.

Douglas Gordon, SESC Avenida Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil

The exhibition “O tempo mata” whose title translates to Time Kills brings together works by seventeen artists from the Julia Stoschek Collection who work with film and video. Covering more than six decades of audiovisual production, the show focuses on themes such as race, visual culture, gender identity, media circulation, and the role of artists in society. Work by Douglas Gordon is included. The group show is open from 16 June 2019 at SESC avenida Paulista in  São Paulo, Brazil.

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.