58th International Art Exhibition, National Pavilion of Antigua and Barbuda, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Preservation Green LLC had the honor of designing the exhibition and space for the inaugural Art Pavilion of Antigua and Barbuda at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Find Yourself: Carnival and Resistance is an exploration of Carnival in Antigua and Barbuda that expands into diverse locations such as Venice, New Orleans, Notting Hill, and Russia. This National Pavilion is a global study of identity through expression or repression of ritual.
The international migration of symbols of freedom of expression and treasure highlight the unique history and similarities among people from many continents.
Portraits of Antiguans and Barbudans - a people of unique beauty and power - lined the gallery walls to illustrate daily life, weddings, funerals, and Carnival. The photographic exhibition is enlivened by videos of celebrations, rituals, music, calypsos (protest songs), and dances, with towering mannequins clad in modern-day Carnival dress as a contemporary personification of strength. The exhibition opened May 2019 and will run until November 2019.