FIND YOURSELF:

CARNIVAL AND RESISTANCE

58TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION 

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

NATIONAL PAVILION OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Frank Walter, Carnival mask in black and red, oil paint on papier mâché. 23.5 x 16 cm

Centro Culturale

Don Orione Artigianelli

DORSODURO 919, Venice 30123

Vaporetto: Zattere

 

11 May–24 November 2019 

Opening: Friday, May 10, at 5:00 PM

Timothy Payne, colour photograph, Modern Bull, August 2018.

© The Estate of Timothy A. Payne, 2019

Commissioner

The Honourable Daryll Matthew, Minister of Sports, Culture, Festivals,

and the Arts for Antigua and Barbuda

Curators

Barbara Paca, O.B.E., Ph.D., Cultural Envoy to Antigua and Barbuda

Nina Khrushcheva, Ph.D., Professor, New School University, New York City, USA

 

Co-Curators

Luigi de Marzi, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy

Marco Pianegonda, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy

 

Mission

Situated in a fifteenth-century monastery in the heart of Venice, Antigua and Barbuda’s National Pavilion celebrates carnival. For this island nation, the development of the religious tradition of carnival into an act of resistance remains true in today's modern festivals. 

 

With the pageantry of costumes, parades, resolute songs, and dances, carnival has been the manifestation of defiance from its inception as a slavery and post-abolition phenomenon to the present day.

 

Sir Gerald Price, black-and-white photograph, Ze Macai sings about the market hucksters at a time when they stuck to their unwillingness to pay

a two-cent government tax as established by head of the unit, Mr. Keane, 1958.

© The Estate of Timothy A. Payne, 2019

Frank Walter, Chivalry, oil paint on pine board, 26.5 x 31 cm

A carnivalesque world is flexible. Though rooted in faith, it accommodates shifting identities, which leads to introspection. Find Yourself  is an exploration of carnival in Antigua and Barbuda that expands into diverse locations such as Venice, New Orleans, Notting Hill, and Russia. This National Pavilion is a global study of identity through expression or repression of ritual. The international migration of symbols of freedom of expression and treasure highlight the unique history and similarities among people from many continents.

Timothy Payne, Find Yourself Wall: Carnival and Resistance, Maquette for the South Wall of the

National Pavilion of Antigua and Barbuda at the 58th Venice Biennale, colour photographs by 

© The Estate of Timothy Payne; black-and-white photographs by Frank Walter. © Frank Walter

Portraits of Antiguans and Barbudans—a people of unique beauty and power—line the gallery walls to illustrate daily life, weddings, funerals, and carnival. The photographic exhibition is enlivened by videos of celebrations, rituals, music, calypsos (protest songs), and dances, with towering mannequins clad in modern-day carnival dress as a contemporary personification of strength.

Timothy Payne, colour photograph, It’s carnival, baby, August 2018.

© The Estate of Timothy A. Payne, 2019

(Left) Sir Gerald Price, black-and-white photograph, Advertising pays! In the early years of carnival businesses sought new customers through human advertising boards, 1958. (Right) Timothy Payne, colour photograph, The young stilt walkers of Vitus mas troupe in motion, August 2018.

 © The Estate of Timothy A. Payne, 2019

Joseph Seaton, black-and-white photograph, The entertainers, ca. 1963.

© The Estate of Timothy A. Payne, 2019

Timothy Payne, colour photograph, Jerry asks why during the Old Road protests to protect Antiguan farm lands, 1998. © The Estate of Timothy A. Payne, 2019

Resplendent in headdress, jewelry, and textiles, the costumes portray determination and resilience. They honour the small island nation’s resolve to transform art forms. The intangible cultural heritage and collective arts of sculptors, tailors, seamstresses, wire benders, mask makers, mask designers, and seed and bead workers maintain their innate dignity and are reminiscent of their African, European, and American origins.

Forward looking, yet comprehensive in understanding its history, Antigua and Barbuda’s carnival expresses political will and the sovereignty of a soul, and stands as a microcosm of the world’s vulnerabilities. Woven into the exhibition in its stance against cultural and human exploitation is a message to challenge modern-day slavery and environmental inequality. As these threats are equally dangerous across the globe, visitors are invited to contemplate their respective societies within the Pavilion and to find meaning in their own national forms of cultural expression.

Sir Gerald Price, black-and-white photograph,

The wedding cake, ca. 1973.

© The Estate of Timothy A. Payne, 2019

Sir Gerald Price, black-and-white photograph, Calypsonian The Mighty Chalice, 1980.

© The Estate of Timothy A. Payne, 2019

 

Featured Artists

Louraine Adams

Director of Research, Cultural Development Division

louraineadams@gmail.com

Louise "Sexy Sue" Edwards, Seed Work Artisan

+1 (268) 728-7413

Mr. September Christian

Manager for Calypsonian Sir MacLean "King Short Shirt" Emanuel

septemberc@hotmail.com

kingshortshirt@gmail.com

Marlon Jeffers, Videographer, Belmont Studio

marlonjeffers@hotmail.com

Belmont Studio Facebook

Timothy Payne on behalf of himself and the Estates of Sir Gerald Price and Joseph Seaton

thyrellp@gmail.com

Dorbrene O'Marde, Author, Historian

doromarde@gmail.com

His Excellency Franklin "King Frank-I" Francis 

Antigua and Barbuda's Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

rasta5349@gmail.com

Thank You

Organizers & Collaborators​ 

Giulia Baldissera, IUAV University, Venice, Italy

Barbuda Research Complex, Codrington, Barbuda

The British Film Institute, London, UK

Susanna Busatta, Visual Designer, Bologna, Italy

Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli Staff, Venice, Italy

September Christian, St. John’s, Antigua

Marisa Convento, Venetian Dreams, Intangible

Cultural Heritage of Glass and Beadwork, Venice, Italy

Cultural Development Division, Ministry of Culture, St. John’s, Antigua

Justine Flora, Graphic Designer, New York City, USA

His Excellency Franklin “King Frank-I” Francis, Antigua and Barbuda’s

Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE), Coolidge, Antigua

Julie Gray, Copyeditor, Indiana, USA

Michelle Henry, Director, Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, St. John’s, Antigua

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Codrington, Barbuda

Colin C. James, CEO, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Anne Jonas, Private Secretary to the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, St. John’s, Antigua

Tiffany Jonassen, Research, New School University, New York City, USA

Tuajuanda Jordan, Ph.D., President of St. Mary’s College;

with Faculty and Students, St. Mary’s City, Maryland, USA

Catherine Kovesi, Ph.D., Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia

Romi Loch Davis, Couture, Venice, Italy

The National Archives, Kew, London, UK

Kelly Nosari, Contributing Editor, Los Angeles, California, USA

Dorbrene O’Marde, Author and Scholar, St. John’s, Antigua

Sophia Perdikaris, Ph.D., Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Preservation Green LLC of NY, Gallery Design, New York City, USA

Joseph Prosper, Director, and Staff, The National Archives, St. John’s, Antigua

Revellers, Rockers, and Silk Dust Mas Camps, St. John’s, Antigua

Jacob Russo, Graphic Designer, New York City, USA

Mary Shanahan, Graphic Designer, Fallbrook, California, USA

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC, USA

Alister L. Thomas, Information Commission of Antigua and Barbuda, St. John’s, Antigua

Jules Walter, Actor and Carnival Historian, Falmouth, Antigua

Sir Selvyn Walter, and Kathleen, Lady Walter;

Historians and Artists, Willikies, Antigua

Vaughn Walter, M.B.E., Director of Culture, Ministry of Sports, Culture, Festivals, and the Arts for Antigua and Barbuda, St. John’s, Antigua

His Excellency, Dr. Walton A. Webson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative for Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations

Supporters

The Honourable Gaston A. Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda

The Honourable E. P. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs,

International Trade, and Immigration for Antigua and Barbuda

The Honourable Max Fernandez, Minister of Tourism and Heritage for Antigua and Barbuda

The Honourable Lionel Max Hurst, Chief of Staff,

Office of the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda

Permanent Secretary Sarah Stuart-Joseph,

Ministry of Sports, Culture, Festivals, and the Arts for Antigua and Barbuda

Patrons

Their Excellencies, Sir Rodney Williams KGN, GCMG, KSt.J., MBBS,

Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda and Sandra, Lady Williams BA., MSc, Dip.M, MCIM, Founder and President of the Halo Foundation

The Halo Foundation, Registered Charity, Antigua and Barbuda #C 220/14 Antigua and Barbuda Venice Biennale Fund 2017,

Antigua and Barbuda Reg. #C 277/17

Antigua and Barbuda Venice Biennale Fund, Tides Foundation, USA,

Reg. Charity 501 C-3 TAX ID #51-0198509

 

DOWNLOAD THE 2019 CATALOGUE HERE

ABOUT THE CATALOGUE

Cultural Envoy Barbara Paca, O.B.E., Ph.D., and Professor Nina Khrushcheva, Ph.D., work as Curators with Venice-based Co-Curators Luigi de Marzi and Marco Pianegonda to share Antigua and Barbuda's story of resilience, cultural identity, and nascent Black Power in

Find Yourself: Carnival and Resistance.

Contributions to the exhibit and book by the Honourable E. P. Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, and Immigration, and the Honourble Daryll Matthew, Commissioner and Minister of Sports, Culture, Festivals, and the Arts, Antigua and Barbuda.

 

Antigua & Barbuda National Pavilion

 

Admission Free of Charge

 

Location:

Centro Culturale

Don Orione Artigianelli

Dorsoduro 919 Venice

Vaporetto: Zattere

Opening: Friday, 10 May at 5:00 PM

Hours:

11 May–24 November 2019

Tuesday–Sunday

10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Contact

 

Social Media

Instagram: @AntiguaBarbudaVenice

Facebook: AntiguaBarbudaPavilion

Twitter: @AB_Venice

Web: www.AntiguaBarbudaVenice.com

Press Requests


Luigi de Marzi

WhatsApp +39 334 252-1056 
luigidemarzi@gmail.com

Marco Pianegonda

WhatsApp +39 340 765-7761 
pianegondam@gmail.com

Barbara Paca

WhatsApp +1 917 282-7102 
barbara@preservationgreenllc.com

 

Keeping Art Inclusive

We are pleased to announce that Antigua and Barbuda’s National Pavilion is fully accessible for persons with disabilities. Located in a barrier-free zone within the Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, our National Pavilion is designed in accordance with the guidelines for people with disabilities. 

Welcome to Find Yourself

 

Interview with Jules Walter, Actor and Carnival Historian

2018

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

AS A CIVIL RIGHT

 

National Pavilion of Antigua and Barbuda

16th International Architecture Exhibition

 La Biennale di Venezia

Following the theme of FREESPACE, Antigua and Barbuda's inaugural National Pavillion for La Biennale Architectura explores environmental justice as a civil right.

 

As an investigation into the acute crisis of climate change facing this island nation, cutting edge sustainability and unique partnerships are explored in the rebuilding of Barbuda, expanding the Botanical Gardens, and the restoration of Government House, included in the World Monuments Fund Watch 2018.

Video excerpts of conversations among high school students from the islands of Antigua, Barbuda, New York City, and Venice are uploaded to monitors displayed in our National Pavilion, culminating in a robust youth presentation regarding Mother Nature vs. Human Intervention.

FEATURED ARTIST

Mohammid Walbrook, Photographer, Barbuda

https://www.facebook.com/mohammidwalbrookphotography/

TEAM

COMMISSIONER

Melville Richardson, Education Officer, Visual Arts,

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology,

Antigua and Barbuda

CURATOR

Barbara Paca, Ph.D., O.B.E., Cultural Envoy to Antigua and Barbuda

EXHIBITOR

The People of Antigua and Barbuda and All Global Citizens

Featuring Photographer Mohammid Walbrook of Barbuda

CATALOGUE / WEBSITE / FILMAKERS

Michael Brenner, The New School, NY; Sam Sanders IV, Preservation Green LLC, NY; Barbara Paca; Graphics, Catalogue, and Website Design

Amanda Sachs, The New School, NY; Kelly Nosari, Aspen, Editors

Marlon Jeffers, Cameraman, Antigua and Barbuda

Vanessa H. Smith Pictures, NY

GARDEN & ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Philip Logan, AIA, LEED AP; Laura Perez Sanburn, LEED AP BD+C; Samuel Sanders IV, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, Preservation Green LLC, New York, NY

Frank Walter, Man Climbing a Coconut Palm and View of Red Canoe and Boat in Harbour, n.d., oil on cardboard, 40.5 x 51.5 cm

Frank Walter, Man Climbing a Coconut Palm and View of Red Canoe and Boat in Harbour, n.d., oil on cardboard, 40.5 x 51.5 cm.

YOUTH EDUCATION

EDUCATIONAL COORDINATORS

Molly Craft Johnson, M.S., Educational Liaison, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School, NY

Michelle DePass, J.D., M.P.A., Senior Advisor, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School, NY

Nina Khrushcheva, Ph.D., Professor of International Affairs, The New School, NY

Caitlin Hoffman, M.D., Dept. of Neurosurgery, Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center and NY Hospital, NY

Brooke Jackson, M.A., Principal, NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies, NY

Foster Roberts, Ottos Comprehensive School, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

Hyram Forde, Principal, Antigua State College, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

Rachael Glasgow, Head Teacher, Sea View Academic Foundation, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

Collin Greene, Ph.D. (Hon), Principal, Princess Margaret School, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

Vanyce Aziza Roberts, Nyabinghi Theocracy School, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

Ashworth Azille, Principal, Clare Hall Secondary School, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

George Edwards, Principal, All Saints Secondary School, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

Theoline Croft, Principal, Antigua Girls High School, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

Samuel Roberts, Principal, Antigua Grammar School, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

Kai Davis, Nyabinghi Theocracy Rastafarian Commune, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

John Mussington, Principal, Sir McChesney George Secondary School, Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

Cecilia Stefinlongo and Veronica Harkins, Liceo Classico Europeo Marco Foscarini, Venice

Jane da Mosto, Gabriella Gilmour, We Are here Venice

Lady Williams, Founder and President, Halo Foundation, Antigua and Barbuda

Cuthbert Forbes, Delandra St. Bernard, Jahmesha Daniel, Educational Liasons, Halo Foundation, Antigua and Barbuda

Frank Walter, Man Climbing a Coconut Palm and View of Red Canoe and Boat in Harbour, n.d., oil on cardboard, 40.5 x 51.5 cm

Frank Walter, Man Climbing a Coconut Palm and View of Red Canoe and Boat in Harbour, n.d., oil on cardboard, 40.5 x 51.5 cm.

COLLABORATORS

LOCATION & HOURS

National Pavilion of Antigua & Barbuda

Admission Free of Charge

 

Location:

Centro Culturale

Don Orione Artigianelli

Dorsoduro 919 Venice

Vaporetto: Zattere

Hours:

26 May–25 November 2018

Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL PAVILION OF

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

WHERE IS ANTIGUA & BARBUDA?

KEEPING IT INCLUSIVE

Keeping It Inclusive

Antigua and Barbuda’s inaugural architectural National Pavilion has been conceived as a space to inspire dialogue for people from diverse backgrounds—as our small island nation embodies humanity and tolerance. 

 

We are pleased to announce that ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AS A CIVIL RIGHT is fully accessible for people with disabilities. Located in the barrier-free zone of the Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, the exhibition has been realized in full accordance with the guidelines for people with disabilities. 

 

Object labels, information panels, and promotional materials have been designed for legibility. The cases are made to accommodate wheelchairs and the artwork is hung and illuminated with sensitivity to those who may be viewing from

a non-standard eye level.

 

Finally, in the spirit of this year’s theme for La Biennale

FREESPACEto insure inclusion and the right of all members of the public to engage with art, there is no entrance fee.

All are welcome to visit free of charge.

MISSION & PRESS RELEASE

CATALOGUE

DOWNLOAD THE 2018 CATALOGUE HERE

CONTACT

Frank Walter, Sailboats through Coconut Palms, n.d., oil on card, 33 x 28 cm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press Contacts

 

Barbara Paca

Ph.D., O.B.E., National Pavilion Curator,

Cultural Envoy to Antigua & Barbuda  

 

Phone: +1 917 282-7102 

Email: barbara@newschool.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Molly Craft Johnson 

Educational Liaison, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School, NY

 

Phone: +1 818 468-2256  

Email: molly@newschool.edu

Social Media

Instagram:     @AntiguaBarbudaVenice

Facebook:     AntiguaBarbudaPavilion

Twitter:           @AB_Venice

Top:

Frank Walter, Storm in a Blue Sky, n.d., oil on back of a Polaroid film cartridge box, 10 x 8 cm 

Frank Walter, Blue Sky, Gray Storm, n.d., oil on back of a Polaroid film cartridge box, 10 x 8 cm

Bottom:

Frank Walter, Self-Portrait in Red Trunks, n.d., oil on back of a photograph, 20.2 x 26 cm

TOURS

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, The New School

December 17, 2018–January 28, 2019

Morgan State University

Black History Month, February 2019

THANK YOU