Dayanita Singh – Performance at the 55th Biennale di Venezia 2013

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In her performance on May 30, 2013 in front of the French pavilion at the 55th Biennale di Venezia, Dayanita Singh signed and stamped copies of her book File Room (Steidl, 2013). Through this act of personalizing her books, Singh made the gesture of a gift; purchasers of her book not only received an individualized catalogue from the artist but also a bag and a scarf.

See here for pictures of the performance.

Santu Mofokeng – the german contribution in the french pavilion Venice 2013

Santu Mofokeng, installation view the German contribution in the French pavilion Venice 2013, courtesy of the artist and Marker/Lunetta Bartz, Johannesburg. © Roman Mensing in cooperation with Thorsten Arendt, artdoc.de. We see (from left to right):

Ai Weiwei – the german contibution in the french pavilion Venice 2013

Ai Weiwei, Bang, installation view the German contribution in the French pavilion Venice 2013, courtesy of the artist and Gallery neugerriemschneider, Berlin. © Roman Mensing in cooperation with Thorsten Arendt, artdoc.de.

“After returning to Beijing from the U.S., where he had lived from 1981 until 1993, Ai Weiwei began to explore the artistic and cultural traditions of his native country – a pursuit that had previously been banned since the Cultural Revolution. He studied and collected antiques and eventually started integrating them into his own work, which had by then taken on a strongly conceptual aspect. Ai Weiwei not only examined the mechanisms of the international art and antiques markets and the associated export of cultural values and historical knowledge;

Romuald Karmakar – the german contribution in the french pavilion Venice 2013

Romuald Kamakar, Anticipation (working title: Waiting for Sandy), installation view the German contribution in the French pavilion Venice 2013, courtesy Pantera Film GmbH. © Roman Mensing in cooperation with Thorsten Arendt, artdoc.de.

“In his documentary, feature, and conceptual films, the artist and Filmmaker Romuald Karmakar has devoted himself for three decades to the investigation in mechanisms of violence and mass phenomena, often exploring the perpetrators’ perspective and uncompromisingly focusing particularly on German history. As part of the German contribution at the French Pavilion, he shows the documentary 8. Mai (2005/2013), a documentary film shot during the large demonstration the Neo- Nationalist Party of Germany held on Berlin’s Alexanderplatz on May 8, 2005, on occasion of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. He also presents the film Hamburger Lektionen (Hamburg Lectures), 2006, in which

Dayanita Singh – the german contribution in the french pavilion Venice 2013

Dayanita Singh, Mona and Myself  and Sea of Files, installation view the German contribution in the French pavilion Venice 2013, courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London. © Roman Mensing in cooperation with Thorsten Arendt, artdoc.de

“As a young woman, Dayanita Singh started to portray a famous Indian musician and tabla player as he traveled around the world. He subsequently became her spiritual mentor,