57th Venice Biennale

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57th Venice Biennale
GenreArt exhibition
BeginsMay 13, 2017
EndsNovember 26, 2017
Previous event56th Venice Biennale (2015)
Next event58th Venice Biennale (2019)

The 57th Venice Biennale was an international contemporary art exhibition held between May and November 2017. The Venice Biennale takes place biennially in Venice, Italy. Artistic director Christine Macel, the chief curator at the Centre Pompidou,[1] curated its central exhibition, "Viva Arte Viva", as a series of interconnected pavilions designed to reflect art's capacity for expanding humanism. The curator also organized a project, "Unpacking My Library", based on a Walter Benjamin essay, to list artists' favorite books.[2] Macel was the first French director since 1995 and the fourth woman to direct the Biennale.[1] A trend of presenting overlooked, rediscovered, or "emerging dead artists" was a theme of the 57th Biennale.[3]


The Diaspora Pavilion[edit]

The Diaspora Pavilion was an exhibition of 19 contemporary artists held during the 57th Venice Biennale.[6] It was exhibited at the Palazzo Pisani Santa Maria from the 13th of May - 26 November 2017.[7]

The Diaspora Pavilion was established in order to diversify the Venice Biennale and address the lack of representation of people of colour within the visual arts more widely.[8] The Pavilion provided a space for artists from diverse backgrounds to exhibit work exploring the concept of diaspora. This created a critical counter-narrative to the Venice Biennale by questioning the very idea of nationhood and challenging the prevalence of the nation state at the Biennale.[9]

The Diaspora Pavilion was co-founded by David Bailey, Nicola Green, Peter Clayton, and David Lammy, and curated by David Bailey and Jessica Taylor. This was the product of a wider programme - The Diaspora Platform - which provided mentoring workshops and networking opportunities to emerging BAME artists in conjunction with a curators programme established by the International Curators Forum.[10]


  1. ^ a b Russeth, Andrew (January 23, 2016). "Venice Biennale Taps Christine Macel to Be Artistic Director of 2017 Edition". ARTnews. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Greenberger, Alex (September 22, 2016). "Christine Macel's 2017 Venice Biennale Exhibition Gets a Title: 'Viva Arte Viva'". ARTnews. Archived from the original on September 23, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Pes, Javier (July 16, 2018). "'We Can All Be in Different Worlds': Ralph Rugoff's Venice Biennale Will Respond to the Rise of Fake News". Artnet News. Archived from the original on July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Farago, Jason (December 22, 2017). "Anne Imhof, Fierce Young Artist and Choreographer, Wins Venice's Top Prize". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on May 5, 2019. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  5. ^ Russeth, Andrew (May 13, 2017). "Golden Lions in Venice for Anne Imhof and Franz Erhard Walther, Silver for Hassan Khan". ARTnews.com. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  6. ^ Pritchard, Claudia. "Academicians to spot in Venice: Phyllida Barlow's British pavilion and more". Royal Academy. RA Magazine. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "Isaac Julien featured in Diaspora Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2017". Victoria Miro. Victoria Miro. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  8. ^ Jayawardane, M Neelika (May 20, 2017). "Black presences at the Venice Biennale". Al Jeezera. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  9. ^ Douglas, Caroline. "Diaspora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale". Contemporary Art Society. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  10. ^ McLean, Sarah. "Chelsea at the Venice Biennale 2017". Arts.ac.uk. Retrieved July 3, 2020.

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