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OBJECTION

Building the Pavilion of Humanity in Venice - Giving an artistic home to women's rights and freedom of speech during the 57th Biennale.

OBJECTION

Building the Pavilion of Humanity in Venice - Giving an artistic home to women's rights and freedom of speech during the 57th Biennale.

£4,408
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37
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 2 2017 2:38 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 2, 2017

About

The arts cannot stay silent as repression and authoritarianism extend across the globe. Human rights, women's rights and democratic freedom are at stake. The Pavilion of Humanity sets up for the 57th Art Biennale in Venice and will be taken over by internationally acclaimed female artists Michal Cole and Ekin Onat. The Pavilion gives a platform to artists who lend an artistic voice to the struggle for human rights and freedom. Turkish artist Ekin Onat's work takes the form of a dark warning in the aftermath of the Turkish referendum. Repression, violence and the infringement of basic liberties such as the freedom of speech are on the rise. Read the full story in The Guardian HERE. Journalists and other vocal opponents to the regime have been locked up in large numbers, fear and uncertainty alongside open threats and violence are restricting critical voices to be raised anywhere, while the arts and artists are supposed to stay silent and look away. The Pavilion of Humanity takes the powerful outcry of two female artists to the heart of Venice and pushes OBJECTION into the spotlight of the world's foremost artistic summit. We need your help to complete the building work at one of the most striking and ambitious locations the Pavilion of Humanity has inhabited to date.

Ekin Onat's installation work speaks of violence as a tool for repression by riot police
Ekin Onat's installation work speaks of violence as a tool for repression by riot police

The Pavilion will be an extraordinary place, made with your support and free to visit for the entire duration of the Biennale. In May, when all eyes are pinned for one week on the world's biggest art gathering, the opening of the Pavilion of Humanity will be a unique opportunity to make our voice heard. We are concerned about women's rights and freedom of speech around the world. Art is an important vehicle to address these issues and we want you to be part of this. The artists Michal Cole and Ekin Onat are addressing the global situation of women and political crisis in Turkey alike in one daring artistic double-take.

The artists's joint residency Objection will be a celebration of women in the arts, a timely reminder for the importance of shared values and solidarity, and a unique artistic voice emphasising the need for global awareness of political and domestic issues alike. The Pavilion of Humanity is an artistic response to the growing political unrest, conceit and eroding of borders both physical and mental in contemporary society. It is supported by the University of the Arts London. 

Work in progress: The Pavilion of Humanity setting up next to the Academia bridge at the heart of Venice
Work in progress: The Pavilion of Humanity setting up next to the Academia bridge at the heart of Venice

We have secured an incredible location in Venice at the base of the Academia Bridge, a place nobody coming to Venice can possibly overlook. It's turbulent times in politics and society all around the world and the arts can't afford to look away. Setting up in a meticulously restored and preserved villa at the base of the Academia Bridge, Michal Cole and Ekin Onat’s collaboration will transform the domestic into a place of dialogue and personal artistic investigation. In the traditional Venetian house, viewers will encounter installations in the kitchen, living room, dining room and bedrooms, each altering the meaning of these overly familiar surroundings and their relationship to inhabitants within. It is about questioning the idea of ‘home’ as a neutral space

For her soft sculptural installation Michal Cole uses thousands of discarded men’s ties, a symbol of male power dress and formality, appropriated into the walls and ceilings, thus creating a cavernous intimacy and duplicity. Her investigation into the role of gender in contemporary society continues in her sculptural video installations. The idea of sound, voice and when a woman can be heard are central concerns of her video works that hide within the mundane kitchen cups, bowls and teapots.

Ekin Onat's work is concerned with questions of civil society and freedom of speech, topics that will be at the centre of her performance and subsequent installation works within the dining room. The artist will undertake a corporeal performance during the opening week of the Biennale and install video and audio works throughout the building, thus interacting both with the works of the other artist in residency and the viewer alike by influencing, guiding and ultimately altering individual experiences for each visitor. 

 As curator of exhibitions in both prestigious public museums and private galleries, public art projects and performances, Gillian Fox’s signature is an arresting approach to the commonplace everyday. Utilising socially active spaces, previous projects have taken place in residential parks, outdoor swimming pools, a WW2 bunker, traversing 12 city blocks in New York, or disused streets in Lisbon. Trained in Fine Art and Theory, she was Exhibition Organiser for Aperture Photographic Foundation in New York and currently works for the Hayward Gallery, London on their national touring programme. She has organised exhibitions with Jeremy Deller, Brian Dillon, and Elizabeth Price. A beautiful catalogue will document and accompany the exhibition, available from our list of rewards for supporting Objection.  

Rewards available: 

£100 donation: 'LOVE', Limited Edition Museum quality print, 30X21cm unframed 2017, Michal Cole
£100 donation: 'LOVE', Limited Edition Museum quality print, 30X21cm unframed 2017, Michal Cole

 

£100 donation: 'Heart', Limited Edition Museum quality print, 30X21cm unframed 2017, Michal Cole
£100 donation: 'Heart', Limited Edition Museum quality print, 30X21cm unframed 2017, Michal Cole

 

£250 donation: A limited edition original work of art by artist Ekin Onat from the series 'Refugees'. Transfer on canvas, 34.5 x 24.5cm
£250 donation: A limited edition original work of art by artist Ekin Onat from the series 'Refugees'. Transfer on canvas, 34.5 x 24.5cm

 

£500 Donation: "Youll be the death of me" , Bronze cast, 7cmX1.2cm (Diameter), 2017 Limited edition of 100, Michal Cole
£500 Donation: "Youll be the death of me" , Bronze cast, 7cmX1.2cm (Diameter), 2017 Limited edition of 100, Michal Cole

 

£500 donation: Limited edition large format print, signed by artist Ekin Onat. From the series 'My silences has a reason'. C-print, 100 x 100cm
£500 donation: Limited edition large format print, signed by artist Ekin Onat. From the series 'My silences has a reason'. C-print, 100 x 100cm

 

£7900 donation: Original work on canvas by artist Ekin Onat. 120 x 160cm, transfer on canvas, acrylic. 
£7900 donation: Original work on canvas by artist Ekin Onat. 120 x 160cm, transfer on canvas, acrylic. 

 

Risks and challenges

Building the Pavilion of Humanity is an ambitious endeavour. We have enlisted the input of a vast team of experts across Europe and further afield to pull it off. The building is secured and the restoration work is progressing to plan. All materials are available and logistics are scheduled. Risks to the project will only occur if the building progress runs late for the opening. We have an experienced team of architects, constructors, fundraisers, project managers, curators and general advisors in place to prevent this from happening.

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    "Love" Art print of work by Michal Cole

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    You stay for one night at the Pavilion of Humanity in Venice during the 57th Art Biennale. Chose from a range of dates to take over the building for your exclusive stay at one of Venice's most beautiful, original and central locations. Includes a private tour of the exhibition and breakfast.

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