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Fondamenta S. Ana (Via Garibaldi), Castello 993-5, 30122, Venice, Italy | 67 Dean Street, London W1D 4QH, UK press@gervasutifoundation.com | www.gervasutifoundation.org Nearest Vaporetto Stop: Giardini

The Gervasuti Foundation is a non-profit art platform established between Venice and London and run by a group of eclectic artists. Located at the former site of the Gervasuti family’s artisan woodwork shop, the Foundation aims to preserve both the intricate and unique layering of its architecture, its spaces, and their use by transforming them into contemporary experimental workshops for a cultural exchange. Ever striving to engage its local community and to counter the atrophy of cultural memory, this year, Gervasuti Foundation is proud to present its most ambitious program to date.

Gervasuti Foundation, Venice

Acqua Ferita/Wounded Water, Pavilion of Iraq

54th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia, 2011. Commissioner: Ali Assaf; Co-comissioner: Vittorio Urbani; Curator: Mary Angela Schroth Honorary Patron: Zaha Hadid. Echo Project: Rijin Sahakian Logistics and Communication: Nuova Icona & Sala Uno, Rome; Media Partner: Canvas Participating Artists: Adel Abidin, Ahmed Alsoudani, Ali Assaf, Azad Nanakeli, Halim Al Karim, & Walid Siti. 31 May – 27 November 2011, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Mondays

Parabole/Parables, Pavilion of Bangladesh

54th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia, 2011 Commissioners: Fiona Biggiero & Tayeba Begum Lipi Honorary Commissioner: Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Embassy of Bangladesh, Rome. Curators: Paolo W. Tamburella & Mary Angela Schroth Participating Artists: Promotesh Das Pulak, Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty, Imran Hossain Piplu, Mahbubur Rahman &Tayeba Begum Lipi

The Knowledge & Nocturne Bar, curated by James Putnam Participating artists: Shih Chieh Huang, Tim Brennan, Mat Chivers, Nancy Fouts, Conrad Shawcross, & Chiharu Shiota. From 2 June – 15 September 2011, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Mondays.

Memory of Books, a site-specific project by Chiharu Shiota Curated by James Putnam & presented and organized by Haunch of Venison, London &Gervasuti Foundation. 2 June – 10 September 2011, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Mondays.

Third Realm. a site specific installation by Jompet Kuswidananto Curated by Defne Ayas & Davide Quadrio and organized by ArtHub Asia and Gervasuti Foundation in collaboration with FarEastFarWest Collection and Ark Galerie, Jakarta. 5 June – 29 September 2011, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Mondays.


Acqua Ferita/Wounded Water, Pavilion of Iraq Iraq’s seminal Biennale participation comes at a time of great renewal for the country after more than 30 years of war and conflict, and features six internationally known contemporary Iraqi artists representing both diaspora and two distinct generations. Ali Assaf, Azad Nanakeli, and Walid Siti, experienced political instability and cultural richness and came of age during the rise of political socialism in the 1970s. Adel Abidin, Ahmed Alsoudani, and Halim Al Karim, grew up during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), the invasion of Kuwait, overwhelming UN economic sanctions and artistic isolation. The six artists have executed works on site inspired by both the Gervasuti Foundation space and the theme of water. This is a timely interpretation since the lack of water is a primary source of emergency in Iraq, more than civil war and terrorism. A special video curated by Rijin Sahakian features artists living and working in Iraq today. Under the auspices of Republic of Iraq Representation to the U.N. Agencies in Rome, Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Italy, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Total, Rabee Securities, North Bank, Atconz Group, Hussain Ali Al-Hariri, Nemir & Nada Kirdar, Ali & Nisreen Al Husry, in memory of Basil Rahim by his widow, Raghida Ghandour. Press: info@pavilionofiraq.org; Emanuela Termine: (+39) 340-553-6626; Barbara Santamato: (+39) 340-900-8073

Wounded Water, Pavilion of Iraq at Gervasuti Foundation, Venice Biennale 2011


Parabole/Parables, Pavilion of Bangladesh ‘Parables’ marks the first participation of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in the International Art Exhibition at la Biennale di Venezia. This event coincides with the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence, one of the youngest and fastest growing countries in South Asia. Five renowned representatives of the lively Bangladesh art scene who live and work in Dhaka – Promotesh Das Pulak, Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty, Imran Hossain Piplu, Mahbubur Rahman and Tayeba Begum Lipi – have conceived and produced site-specific installations, engaging local Venetian architecture and the history of the Gervasuti Foundation to explore universal contemporary political, environmental and social concerns stemming from their own personal, native symbolism and history. ‘Parables’ focuses on the unspoken and implicit power underlying the notion of universal truths through art practice. Distinct from the conventional and traditional use of parables, which often illustrate a prescriptive subtext related to a spiritual dimension, a moral attitude, or a religious principle, the theme is used here to sketch a scene and set a narrative in order to link and compare different cultural concerns and contexts – a bridge that both illuminates and distinguishes two geographical locations. Organized and produced by Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka and Gervasuti Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, Embassy of Bangladesh in Italy, Bengal Foundation, Embassy of Italy in Bangladesh, & Association Sala 1 Rome. info@venicebiennale-bangladeshpavilion.org

Parables, Pavilion of the Republic of Bangladesh at Gervasuti Foundation, Venice Biennale 2011


The Knowledge & Nocturne Bar, curated by James Putnam ‘The Knowledge’ is an exhibition conceived especially for the 54th Venice Biennale of International Art, 2011 by London-based independent curator James Putnam in collaboration with the Gervasuti Foundation. The participating artists for ‘The Knowledge’ have created a series of dynamic site-specific installations and performance works that reflect the current tendency to link artistic practice with scientific principles. Scientific knowledge today is regarded as empirical and statistical in character: in the seventeenth century inquiries into nature were referred to both as "natural philosophy" and "natural science.” The term scientia, derives the word "science," meaning "knowledge." Putnam has intentionally chosen the site of The Gervasuti Foundation, a former artisan’s workshop, which contrasts the conventional ‘white-space’ gallery as an evocative, atmospheric building steeped in history. On this occasion the Foundation’s amorphous bar space has been reconceptualized by Shih Chieh Huang and is titled ‘Nocturne Bar.’ Exhibition supported by Haunch of Venison, University of Sunderland, Mary Moore, Maddox Arts, Pertwee Anderson & Gold, Giuseppe Mascoli, Hotel Metropole Venezia, Victoria Miro Gallery. Press contact: +44(0)77-2720-1832, venice@jamesputnam.org.uk, http://www.jamesputnam.org.uk/ongoing.html

Selected works from The Knowledge at Gervasuti Foundation


Memory of Books, a site-specific project by Chiharu Shiota Chiharu Shiota’s evocative site-specific installation suspends countless strands of black wool from the walls, floor, and ceiling of the former Gervasuti wood workshop and envelops hundreds of books selected by the artist from the Foundation’s library. Shiota’s work typically relates to memory and equates the interwoven threads to human relationships with places and objects. Memory of Books coincides with the launch of Chiharu Shiota’s new monograph published by Hatje Cantz, Berlin with texts by Mami Kataoka and James Putnam. Central to the artist’s work are the themes of remembrance and oblivion, dreaming and sleeping, traces of the past and childhood, and dealing with anxieties. She has exhibited widely, receiving numerous international awards and scholarships. Press contact: Bomi Odufunade & Tala Mahjoub T +44(0)20-7495-5050 M +44(0)78-1075-7302 Ebomi@hofv.com, Tmahjoub@hofv.com and london@haunchofvenision.com

Memory of Books, a site-specific installation for Gervasuti Foundation


Third Realm, a site-specific installation by Jompet Kuswidananto ArtHub Asia and Gervasuti Foundation are proud to present Indonesian artist Jompet Kuswidananto, an artist whose site-specific projects deliberately play with the notion of subversion, tackling universally accepted opposites and thereby constructing a ‘new cultural paradigm.’ Third Realm is based on the idea of phantoms, and represents Jompet's personal journey through the complex colonial history of Indonesia and its tormented past while bearing testament to the integrated nature of Indonesia’s many identities. Third Realm plays with characteristic Venetian urban planning, highlighting the city’s ambiguous delineations between public and private space and identity, while being critical of the notion of national identity and religion-based politics. Info: www.arthubasia.org

Third Realm, a site-specific installation for Gervasuti Foundation

Fondamenta S. Ana (Via Garibaldi), Castello 993-5, 30122, Venice, Italy | 67 Dean Street, London W1D 4QH, UK press@gervasutifoundation.com | www.gervasutifoundation.org Nearest Vaporetto Stop: Giardini


Gervasuti Foundation 2011 Projects Press Release