Jason de Caires Taylor, Milton Williams, Asher Mains, Khaled Hafez, Alexandre Murucci, Khaled Hafez, Rashid Al Khalifa, Mahmoud Obaidi, Zena Assi

Fondamente Zattere, Dorsoduro
Venice, Italy
12 May – 27 November 2017

Since the dawn of time, humans longed to belong to some sort of ideas that they considered shaping their own identity. 35,000 years ago in the caves humanity started documenting their daily life in the form of primitive cave painting. As caves developed, that groups gathered under one leader who dictates orders that became laws hence the birth of the first form of constitution our species knew. Time passed, caves stemmed into larger ones of relatives and cousins leading to the birth of the tribal system followed by small communities, towns, then cities.

While in conversation with artists while discussing the human race – specifically the atrocities of this superior race, evolution, the physiological effect of ones upbringing and the interpretations in ones action, the questions of “what” not “who” we are represent a center point of our dialogues; We are just a small group of people in a an island that is part of a large archipelago in Central America, a tiny part of a continent with over half a billion people. The continent is one of seven that makes our planet.

Our Earth – interesting and egocentric of our spices to call this plant “Earth” since dry lands represent less than 30% of its outer mass – is a tiny part of the solar system that is eclipsed in size when compared to our “Milky Way”. Our galaxy is one of a quadrillion that makes our known universe and science is evolving every day with new technologies allowing us to gaze deeper and deeper into the “unknown”…….
We are just a tiny particle of sand in an endless sandy beach.

“Bridges, Walls and anything in between: In the year so long ago” is based in gathering island-nations’ artists as well as others from civilizations with deeply rooted in culture in art. The artists represent different backgrounds, artistic practices and methodologies are forged into curatorial conversations in two parts under one roof creating a global dialogue thus the bridge between civilizations and gives the visual image of how art, no matter how far apart, addresses critical issues and answers important question of our existence.

A Conversation In Nature and Evolution
4 different installations developed with elements from natural environments; one is a mix between organic elements that the artist collects from the his door step – the Atlantic ocean – formed in a multi layered color structures embedded with light technology to produce a sense of an old civilization coming into life. Another installation is made of industrial steel entangled and formed in a concave form, utilizing subtle organic colors that eases the viewer to simplicity of natural beauty. Jason Taylor (Grenada) – known with creating life under water – created a 4 walls projection inviting us to explore his imaginary underwater world while the final installation summarizes the conversation with a bird’s eye-view installation of the world as he sees it. This quad-dialogue, though geographically thousands of miles apart is a statement of the commonalities between all of us without looking to ethnic background, color or religion.

The Conversation In War and Conflict
The “Spring” came and passed……It existed and seized to exist and nations survived. It proved to be a diabolic plan to control through division.
History is written by the triumphed, re-wrote by the winner and perceived through the vision of the strongest. What we believe that had happened is a delusion that was passed to us through the controlling-of-mind bodies/organizations out there.
A discussion between “Mac-Canned food culture” and how conflicts forces/mentally-divert commoners to leave their authentic methods of living and becoming just cogs in the machine of capitalism, greed and war.

The artists builds scenes from pop-culture utilizing material that are found in every street shop symbolizing the shift of moving away from the natural/healthy way that his ancestors conduct they life since “the year so long ago” into our modern day culture of everything canned.

Omar Donia-Curator, Grenada Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2017