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THE NATIONAL PAVILION OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
58th INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
— LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
FIND YOURSELF: CARNIVAL AND RESISTANCE
BARBARA PACA, Ph.D., O.B.E.,
WITH NINA KHRUSHCHEVA, Ph.D.
Pre – opening: FRIDAY, 10 MAY 2019 | 5 – 7 pm
Curator Barbara Paca, O.B.E
Co-Curators Luigi de Marzi and Marco Pianegonda
11 May – 24 November 2019
Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli,
DORSODURO 919, Venice 30123
Vaporetto: Zattere
https://www.antiguabarbudavenice.com/

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NATIONAL PAVILION OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
FIND YOURSELF: CARNIVAL AND RESISTANCE
11 May – 24 November 2019

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 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.


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 even 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.
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.
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.

Antigua & Barbuda
Find Yourself: Carnival as Resistance
Commissioner: Daryll Matthew, Minister of Sports,
Culture, National Festivals and the Arts.
Curator: Barbara Paca with Nina Khrushcheva.
Exhibitors: Timothy Payne, Sir Gerald Price,
Joseph Seton, and Frank Walter; Intangible Cultural,
Heritage Artisans and Mas Troup.

Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli,
DORSODURO 919, Venice 30123
Vaporetto: Zattere

https://www.antiguabarbudavenice.com/

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