May 12: The "third edition of the Nationless Pavilion" opens for the inauguration of the 57th Venice Art Biennale.

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On 12.05.17 the third edition of the Nationless Pavilion opens for the inauguration of the 57th Venice Art Biennale.

'The Nationless Pavilion will be present also this year to represent, in the context of the Venice Biennale, a real and imaginary place for those who are not presented by the National Pavilions, triggering a reflection to redefine, together with migrants and locals, the role and mechanisms of the new cosmopolitan societies that today determine the social fabric of our cities.

The third edition of the Nationless Pavilion, curated by Nation25 with the collaboration of Chloé Bonnie More, examines the model of Fondaco, born in the X century, in its historical sense of a place of accommodation and exchange of goods for the different cultures bordering on the Mediterranean.

Fontico derives directly from the Arabic essence فندق, funduq which means: modest residence or inn on the ground floor, which in the Venetian dialect has become: fontego. It is a tool for reflecting on the first relationships between foreign communities, and their cultural and economic dynamics, in the Mediterranean area.

In Venice there were the national fondaci, and the public ones used for food and goods for the population. The three national fondaci - German, Turkish and Persian - that are today used for different purposes - lead us to territories still heavily affected by the phenomenon of migration. Their relationship will be extended by the Nationless Pavilion to the three related Official Pavilions in the Biennale.

What relations was the network of national and public fondaci able to foster in Venice? What kind of exchange was established between foreigners and locals in the lagoon area? What kinds of regulations were the foreign communities subjected to? 

The Nationless Pavilion will try to reactivate the network that has developed over the centuries in the Mediterranean through an exchange of thought and not thanks to monetary economics. For a re-reading of the background between past history and future perspective.

The Nationless Pavilion will become a “fondaco” from Friday, May 12th, with an open walk through the Venetian fondaci. The collective exploration, not defined beforehand, will trigger reflections and ideas that will be collected on the blog of the Nationless Pavilion and directly on site on a handbook available to participants. From here, the notebook, as a "moving fondaco", will begin a journey from one side to another of the Mediterranean. The ancient geography of the fondaci will become an opportunity to weave relationships and ideas, sketches, thoughts and projects.

The blog will remain active until the Biennial closes and will become a shared archive of this reflection, with works by artists, art historians, scholars and activists.

The book and the digital archive will then be displayed at the end of this journey during the closing event of the Biennial.'


The Nationless Pavilion III Edition – Fondaco Futuro

57th International Art Exhibition, Venice
12.05 – 26.11. 2017

Itinerant Opening:
Departure: Friday, May 12 at 2 pm, former Fondaco dei Tedeschi.
Address: Calle del Fontego, 30100 Venice.