Venice Biennale Arte Success

Cass postgraduate alumna is Assistant Curator on Golden Lion winning Lithuanian Pavilion.

Date: 4 June 2019

Caterina Avataneo, a postgraduate alumna in Curating from the Cass (with Whitechapel Gallery), is the assistant curator of Sun & Sea (Marina) the award-winning Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Biennale Arte in Venice.

Curated by Lucia Pietroiusti and featuring work by Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Grainyte and Rugile Barzdziukaite. Sun & Sea (Marina) was awarded the Golden Lion for the best national participation at the Venice Biennale 2019. The stunning installation uses the presentation of a day at the beach - including an opera -to provide a chilling commentary on climate change. Although it has triumphed critically and with audiences, Sun & Sea (Marina) requires ongoing investment to run its opera event and the organisers are continuing to fundraise with the public via Indiegogo.

About Sun & Sea (Marina). Opera-performance for 13 voices

Imagine a beach – you within this image, or better: watching from above – the burning sun, sunscreen, and bright bathing suits and sweaty palms and legs. Tired limbs sprawled lazily across a mosaic of towels. Imagine the occasional squeal of children, laughter, the sound of an ice cream van in the distance. The musical rhythm of waves on the surf, a soothing sound (on this particular beach, not elsewhere). The crinkling of plastic bags whirling in the air, their silent floating, jellyfish-like, below the waterline. The rumble of a volcano, or of an airplane, or a speedboat. Then a chorus of songs: everyday songs, songs of worry and of boredom, songs of almost nothing. And below them: the slow creaking of an exhausted Earth, a gasp.

Open to the public from Saturday May 11 to Sunday November 24 2019 the 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times, is curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.

Layan Harman a student of Fine Art BA at the school was selected for a British Council Venice Fellowship. He is dividing his time between invigilating the British Pavilion exhibition by artist Cathy Wilkes and conducting independent research.

Image Copyright: Andrej Vasilenko

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