Curators’ Statement

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Susan Mains, Commissioner – Omar Donia, Curator

Since the dawn of time, humans longed to belong to some sort of idea that they considered shaping their own identity.   While in conversation with artists discussing the human race – the questions of “what” not “who” we are represents a center point of our dialogues. We are a small group of people in an island that is part of a large archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, in a continent with over half a billion people. We are a tiny particle of sand in an endless sandy beach, ever changing with the vagaries of man and the environment.

A Conversation In Nature and Preservation

Installations developed with elements from natural environments, Asher Mains’ work is a mix between organic elements that the artist collects from the his doorstep – the Atlantic ocean – formed in a multi layered color structures to produce a sense of the life and death of the reef. Rashid Al Khalifa’s installation is made of industrial steel entangled and shaped in a concave form, utilizing subtle organic colors that ease the viewer to the simplicity of natural beauty. Jason deCaires Taylor, known for creating life under water, develops a projection inviting us to be immersed in his imaginary underwater world. Alexandre Murruci summarizes the conversation in his installation through the view of the word “truth” in different languages. This quad-dialogue, though geographically thousands of miles apart is a statement of the commonalities between all of us without looking to ethnic background, color or religion.

The Conversation In War and Conflict

The “Spring” came and passed. It existed, ceased to exist and nations survived, it proved to be a diabolic plan to control through division. What we believe today that had happened is a delusion that was passed to us through the controlling-of-mind bodies/organizations. Khaled Hafez explores this idea in video.

A discussion between the simple act of human sustenance and the provision for it becomes that of a Mac-Canned food culture.  Conflict often removes traditional food sources from the people. Milton Williams builds an environment from pop-cultures utilizing materials that are found in every street shop. His act of collection includes the participation of others throughout the world, thus creating a sanctuary for these artifacts and memories.

“The Bridge” is based on Grenada’s artists and others. The artists represent different backgrounds, artistic practices and methodologies forged into curatorial conversations under one roof creating a global dialogue that becomes the bridge between civilizations.

Omar Donia, Curator – Grenada Pavilion at 57th Biennale di Venezia