NSK State Pavilion – 57th Venice Biennale 2017

Group exhibition at Pallazo Ca'Tron, Venice

We are delighted to announce the launch of the NSK State Pavilion, occurring in the context of the 57th Venice Biennale, which will open with an inaugural lecture by philosopher, psychoanalyst and critic Slavoj Žižek.

The Pavilion does not stand in opposition to the national structure of the Venice Biennale, but rather seeks to stand as an independent Pavilion that will redefine the idea of the state and proffer a new type of citizenship. It will engage with a range of issues that most trouble current contemporary states – migration, citizenship, heritage and identity – and generate ideas from a wide spectrum of individuals about how to build new collectivities and shared histories across national borders, looking beyond Europe’s current fragmentation and inner antagonisms.

Commissioned by IRWIN, the project is curated by Zdenka Badovinac and Charles Esche. It will involve contributions from more than 200 individuals, including citizens of NSK State in Time, artists, philosophers, students, young art professionals, cultural institutions, social cooperatives, and international universities. NSK citizen and contemporary artist Ahmet Öğüt has been invited to shape the installation of the Pavilion.

The Pavilion space will be experienced in two parts: a room of ‘global disorder’ including over 100 responses from contributors and an NSK Passport office where passports will be issued. The NSK State in Time Pavilion in Venice will be equally governable by its community from sans-papiers to migrants and citizens. For this specific occasion, an apology was written on behalf of the liberal western world to the refugees, as well as to those who were unable to chose to not to flee, in collaboration with the scientific consultancy of Tomaž Mastnak.

Additional to launching a book, a newspaper and a seminar for the students of the MA in Visual Arts at the IUAV University of Venice, NSK State in Time will also open also a collateral premise NSK State Venice Pavilion in Vienna, in the context of Wiener Festwochen, curated by Birgit Lurz and Wolfgang Schlag, presenting an installation by Ramesch Daha and Anna Jermolaewa.

Made possible thanks to the collaboration of Blaž Peršin and to the co-production of MGML – Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, the project is commissioned and produced by IRWIN and co-organised by Temple Productions of Paris and Društvo NSK informativni center.