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La Biennale di Venezia 2019: Your Guide to Caribbean and South American Pavilions

La Biennale di Venezia 2019: Your Guide to Caribbean and South American Pavilions

La Biennale di Venezia is an Italian cultural foundation based in Venice, Italy, considered to be the most important of its kind on a global scale every two years since 1895 it organises the International Art Exhibition of Venice.  Though it is mainly active in the figurative arts, it also highlights artworks in music, cinema, theater, architecture and dance. In fact, it was not until 35 years after its foundation that other festivals were born into the Biennial’s program: Music (1930), Cinema (1932), Theatre (1934), Architecture (1980) and Dance (1999). 2019 is the year for an even bigger diverse number of countries taking part. Here is what our friends in the Caribbean and South America have offer.

Find Yourself: Carnival and 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.
Venue: Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, Dorsoduro 919

The Pavilion of Antigua and Barbuda celebrates the traditional of carnival since its origines until nowadays. The photographic exhibition highlights the profound connections between distant countries (such as Russia, USA, Italy and the UK) when it comes to Carnival rituals, considered a symbol of freedom of expression.


Commissioner: José Olympio da Veiga Pereira, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo.
Curator: Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. Exhibitor: Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca.
Venue: Giardini

The Brazilian Pavilion will be presenting the project of the artistic duo. It consists of a two-channel video installation featuring the film commissioned for the occasion, and of a site-specific installation with portraits of the participants. “Swinguerra” comes from the word “swingueira”, a dance trend which combines square dancing, samba and mobile sound systems. It has become a huge phenomenon in Brazil as an expression of identity, which leads to the objetive of the exhibition: “to present a profound and empathetic panorama of contemporary Brazilian culture, at a moment of significant political and social tension. The predominantly black bodies on the screen (many of them of nonbinary gender) are in many ways at the center of the contemporary discupes on visibility, legal rights and self-representation”, says curator Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro.

Entorno aleccionador (A Cautionary Environment)

Commissioner: Norma Rodríguez Derivet, Consejo Nacional de Artes Plásticas.
Curator: Margarita Sanchez Prieto. Exhibitors: Alejandro Campins, Alex Hérnandez, Ariamna Contino and Eugenio Tibaldi. Venue: Isola di San Servolo
Naturaleza y biodiversidad en la República Dominicana

Commissioner: Eduardo Selman, Minister of Culture. Curators: Marianne de Tolentino, Simone Pieralice, Giovanni Verza. Exhibitors: Dario Oleaga, Ezequiel Taveras, Hulda Guzmán, Julio Valdez, Miguel Ramirez, Rita Bertrecchi, Nicola Pica, Marraffa & Casciotti.
Venue: Palazzo Albrizzi Capello, Cannaregio 4118 – Sala della Pace

This is the first time that the Dominic Republic has its own pavilion at the Biennale Arte. The artists of this national aim to imitate, represent and reinvent nature in a world between reality and imagination. Being enviromental degradation is such an urgent issue, the exhibition invites to preserve the delicate balance with an emphasis on the beauty of nature.

The Spectacle of Tragedy

Commissioner: Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Curator: Giscard Bouchotte. Exhibitor: Jean Ulrick Désert.
Venue: Circolo Ufficiali Marina, Calle Seconda de la Fava, Castello 2168

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The Pavilion from Haiti will be featuring an installation from Jean Ulrick Désert, a conceptual and visual artist who uses many different mediums, such as video, sculpture and installations. Such emerge from a tradition of conceptual work engaged with social and cultural practices.

When: 11th of May to 24th of Nov 2019. Closed on Mondays (except 13 May, 2 September, 18 November). *Giardini della Biennale and Arsenale open from 10am to 6pm.


  1. Plus tickets (€35 = approx. £30): entitled to multiple visits for 3 days to each exhibition venue.
  2. Regular tickets (€25 = approx. £21): entitled to one admission to each exhibition venue.
  3. Accreditation (€85 = approx. £68): unrestricted access to each exhibition venue.

**Reduced prices and concessions are available, as well as the following services: guided tours, educational itineraries, laboratories and creative workshops, family-friend services. Further information:

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