Update MAY 2015: Download the Seychelles Pavilion catalogue by clicking the linked file above
Update Feb 2015: Artists have been selected!! Congratulations to George Camille and Leon Radegonde
Update Jan 2015: Curators of the Seychelles Pavilion are Sarah J. McDonald and Victor Schaub Wong
SEYCHELLES NATIONAL PAVILION AT THE VENICE BIENNALE 2015
A Clockwork Sunset
The Republique of Seychelles representation in this Biennale is an
engagement exploring the identity of the Seychellois today. A monumental time
given to the exposure of the artistic undercurrent. The archipelago is
intrinsically associated with postcard views of palm tree lined sandy beaches
and clockwork sunsets. What is rarely understood is the flip side, the text
side of this postcard.
The Seychelles history contains elements of troubled times guilefully
cemented in the last decades under its luscious natural beauty.
Lalyann Anvaisan (Creepers) a work by George Camille, b. 1963,
explores the infrastructural demands brought on by the islands principle
economic activity, tourism.
These interests which are often conflicting with the responsibility of
protecting the environment. With recent developments, the installation intends
to reveal the fragile relationship between the economic and environmental
policies presently implemented. This multi-media work uses materials which have
been decommissioned, reclaimed and sourced locally from Seychelles. The visitor
is placed within this conflict; the endgame leaving its stain.
Post-Scriptum a series presented by Leon Radegonde, b.1950, extracts
childhood memories, memorializes tarnished histories and weathers the tides of
change. Petrol soaked clothes are seared, sewn, inscribed and laid to rest.
Only one face of this multi-dimensional work will be exposed leaving the
observer in the space between a displaced past with that of a forgotten future.
To speculate one's future, one must understand one's history. The
identity of the Seychelles is being redefined at great speeds. The often muted
voices of its artists are shedding a new light to the richness and complexity
of a culture. How will this sub-text now be played off with its clockwork
Sarah J. McDonald & Victor Schaub-Wong
Biographies of the Curators
McDonald, (American, lives and works in Raray, France) founded Incubator5066 +
Hanger in 2007 to provide a bridge between underexposed artists with galleries
and institutions. She curated the exhibition ‘La Salle d’Attente’ in 2013, presenting
3 artists in an abandoned farm house and garden. She is also the contemporary
art consultant for the Tia Collection (private collection). In addition to
constructing and acquiring for the Tia Collection, she is involved in placing
the works in museums and institutions around world.
Wong, (American, lives and works in Paris, France) is creative director and
partner at Fastboil, a multi-media communication agency. He studied and
practiced architecture, but has devoted the last 20 years to helping others
communicate better. He works across various sectors addressing issues of
identity with his clients. He was co-founder of the “evansandwong” catalogue
(1994-2000), an art and design catalogue of young artists and designers,
providing them an outlet for exposure and to collectors. He is also a
consultant to Incubator5066, founded by Sarah J. McDonald.