NOTES ON METHODOLOGY AND STRUCTURE OF SYMPOSIUMS / WORKSHOPS
This pavilion’s edition and exhibition topic, proposed by Zdenka Badovinac and Charles Esche, resulted in a complex head on commitment to the understanding of contemporary European migratory policies. As a civil and collateral activity to the exhibition project, a series of workshops took place along over the course of one year with multidisciplinary groups of participants, with the aim of creating a model of cooperation between the social and cultural spheres. A specific methodology was put in place to share experiences, and to propose and imagine new cooperative solutions of cooperation. Based on a model of participation and horizontal sharing of resources, contacts, and knowledge, the five workshops were structured and implemented on the basis of different formats, reflecting on the issue of terminological borders that divide the world of art and the world of politics, as well as on the reciprocal understanding of issues related to socio-cultural engagement, humanitarian protection, and a better understanding of migratory fluxes flows and traits. They thereby involved, at the same time, three to four languages, and demanded simultaneous translation and mediation so as to stimulate a quality debate between individuals with diverse experiences, and to trigger their problem-solving capabilities. The groups involved had different cultural, ideological, economic, and generational (i.e. age) backgrounds; thus, the workshops turned into a powerful methodological device, unleashing a collective effort driven by the need to create an intervention that goes beyond representation. One of the biggest achievements and outcomes of these workshops is ‘Beyond Borders’, a proposal for a transnational reception model for humanitarian protection applicants and sans papiers that was written and amended by Delegate Claudio Donadel.
24 – 27 August 2016
Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana
List of Participants: NSK State Pavilion Commissioners: IRWIN Members; Curators (Zdenka Badovinac and Charles Esche); Project Director (Mara Ambrožič); Artists (Ahmet Öğüt, Róza El-Hassan); Director of MGML – Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (Blaž Peršin); Director of Research at the Institute of Philosophy of the Center for Scientific Research at the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana (Tomaž Mastnak).
5 – 7 December 2016
Palazzo Ca’ Tron and Aula Magna Tolentini – IUAV University, Venice
List of Participants: NSK State Pavilion Commissioners: IRWIN (Miran Mohar, Andrej Savski); Project Director (Mara Ambrožič); Delegates (Ahmet Öğüt, artist; Claudio Donadel, specialist of migration policies); Coordinator of Workshop NSK State Pavilion (Chiara Gaspardo, founder of About Association Venice); Director of MGML – Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (Blaž Peršin); Director of the Visual Arts Master, IUAV University of Venice (Angela Vettese); Project Assistant (Andrej Škufca).
17 – 19 February 2017
Co.Ge.S. – Social Cooperative, headquarters, Mestre
List of Participants: Co.Ge.S. Members (Mara Rossetti and Valentina Casaro); Founder of Associazione Common Ground (Giuseppina Di Bari); Vice President Common Ground Association (Maria Antonietta Bergamasco); 15 anonymous humanitarian protection applicants invited by Co.Ge.S; NSK State Pavilion Commissioners: IRWIN (Miran Mohar, Andrej Savski and Borut Vogelnik); Curators (Zdenka Badovinac and Charles Esche); Project Director (Mara Ambrožič); Delegates (Ahmet Öğüt, artist; Claudio Donadel, specialist of migration policies; Agnese Pierobon, psychologist and project consultant); Curators and organizers of NSK State Venice Pavilion in Vienna (Wolfgang Schlag and Birgit Lurz); Coordinator of Workshop NSK State Pavilion (Chiara Gaspardo, founder of About Association Venice).
TRANSNATIONAL TERRITORIAL POLICIES
Offering an open form of citizenship which contrasts with that generated by spatially-defined states, the NSK State Pavilion – 57th Venice Biennale has embarked on a path in cooperation with local social workers to addressing the issue of forced migration, through the development of concrete solutions. Beyond Borders is a transnational reception model for asylum seekers – written and designed by Claudio Donadel – that is expected to be implemented and experimented starting from the territory of the metropolitan City of Venice and its province. The model is based on a widespread territorial reception system in which communities and territories shall endeavor to accommodate asylum seekers in their homes, offering them greater protection and possibility of integration, thus breaking up the current European systems exclusively focused on identification and control. In order to enable the testing of Beyond Borders, it is necessary to build a transnational network of families available to pilot the project. In this section you will find all the information and the forms to fill in to join the project.
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ON CITIZENSHIP, STATE AND MIGRATION
Workshop with students from IUAV, 26.6. – 14.7. 2017 Palazzo Ca’ Tron, IUAV University of Venice
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