Launch of Groundings #1-#9 by Occasional Groundwork

On Friday 22nd of April in Venice, Occasional Groundwork has the pleasure of inviting you to the launch of Groundings #1-#9 – a series of texts by writers, artists, curators, and academics, exploring themes of internationalism, sustainability, audience, and infrastructure within the context of the contemporary art biennial and the shift in conditions imposed by the ongoing pandemic.

Occasional Groundwork is an alliance of three European biennials EVA (Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art), GIBCA (Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden), and LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway) that are each concerned with re-proposing the model of the international art biennial. Seeking a rooted infrastructure for the production and dissemination of contemporary art, Occasional Groundwork serves as a peer group for thinking through the existing and speculative frameworks of organisational practice.

The first initiative of Occasional Groundwork is Groundings #1-#9 – a series of co-commissioned texts written by Grégory Castéra, Ben Eastham, Taru Elfving, Amanda Ferrada and Olivia Berkowicz, Valeria Graziano, Marcell Mars and Nick Thurston, Dylan Huw, Dr Omar Kholeif, Rebecca O’Dwyer and Eszter Szakács and launched during the preview days of the Venice Biennial 2022.

Groundings is distributed across the web platforms of the three biennials and, starting April 8th, is available for download here.

Launch, talk and breakfast 
Friday 22nd of April 2022 at 10 – 11 am 
Casa Venezia, Calle Seconda dei Orbi, 5201 Castello, Venezia
RSVP here.
The launch will include a presentation of the alliance, a talk by researcher and curator Eszter Szakács, and breakfast. The location of the launch is Casa Venezia, residence of the collectors Massimo Adario and Dimitri Borri, and one of two venues for LIAF2022 preview project in Venice, Something Out of it, curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi.

The event continues with a visit to the artistic project by Pauline Curnier Jardin at Giudecca Women’s Prison, part of Lofoten International Art Festival 2022 preview in Venice, Something Out of It, curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi. For attending the event in full registration is mandatory. Register here.

We look forward to meeting you in conversation on April 22, 10am.