The Johannesburg Pavilion constitutes a group of film and performance artists investigating the possibilities of making work on the edges of a global art event like the Venice Biennale. It was created in 2015 by the 133 Arts Foundation in partnership with the FNB Jobur gArtFair, with the view to a virtual institution, one that operates and exists in a space between its domestic context and foreign lands. It is an ongoing platform for the international exposure of African artists that are forging fresh and alternate spaces.
The form of the intervention operated fluidly between the local and the foreign, the civic and the national, the personal and the public, and the private and the exhibited.
Johannesburg Pavilion artists developed new work in-situ and performed these narratives by placing their performing bodies directly in the ebb-and-flow of global capital. Feeding off its resultant resistance and conflict, they used Venice not only as a place of visual consumption but also as a temporal and productive place of residence.
The resulting film documentation will be shown for the first time during the 2015 FNB JoburgArtFair (11 – 13 Sept ember), after which it will return to Venice for closure. The list of film works to be shown include:
Capital, Conflict and Death in Venice, 2015
A documentary conversation between the Johannesburg Pavilion and Venice
The memories of others, 2015
A multimedia film and performance work by Bettina Malcomess
A performative film by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi & Arya Lalloo together with Chris Wessels
Sea of Ash, 2015
A film by Michael MacGarry
Marco Polo, 2015
A film installation by Anthea Moys
‘the memories of others’ 2015 – A multimedia film and performance work by Bettina Malcomess
‘Jetsam’ 2015 – A performative film by Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi & Arya Lalloo together with Chris Wessels