International Biennale debate on the occasion of The Measurement of Presence

Overview Dutch pavilion 2019. Photo: Simone Ferraro Overview Dutch pavilion 2019. Photo: Simone Ferraro

TrAIN Research Centre (Transnational Art, Identity and Nation) at University of the Arts London in collaboration with the Mondriaan Fund are hosting an international panel discussion at Chelsea College of Arts on 15 November from 6 to 8 PM, on the occasion of the exhibition The Measurement of Presence in the Dutch pavilion in Venice.

In The Measurement of Presence exhibition curated by Benno Tempel for the Dutch Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, artists Remy Jungerman and Iris Kensmil investigate multiple cultural traditions and histories, and bring them into dialogue with the present. Their transnational perspectives across painting, installation, sculpture and deep archival research, assemble influences from a multitude of backgrounds. In their works, the artists combine the inspiration they find in 20th century modernism and the avant-garde with elements from less well known radical traditions and positions such as Caribbean spirituality and Black diaspora feminism.

A distinguished panel of curators, writers and thinkers will explore the questions opened up in The Measurement of Presence by focusing on transnational perspectives that will contextualise this project within ideas about Black artists and modernism, the influence of the Caribbean in shaping global modernities and debates about the radical presence of blackness in contemporary art.

Speakers are Alex Farquharson (Director Tate Britain), Barby Asante (Artist, Curator and Researcher at University of Westminister), Mirjam Westen (Curator, Museum Arnhem), Nick Aikens (Curator, Van Abbe Museum) and moderator is Prof. Paul Goodwin (Director of TrAIN).

Practical information
Date: 15 November 2019, 6 – 8 PM
Location: Lecture Theatre, Chelsea College of Arts in London
More information and reservation via this link
Free entrance

Click here for more information about the Dutch entry at the Venice Biennale, on view until 24 November 2019.