Territorial Symphonies, a performance supported by Alserkal and presented by Block Universe, questions the power structures of the Venice Biennale. Performed during the opening of the Biennale on 8, 9, and 10 May 2019, the new work by Lithuanian artist Indrė Šerpytytė sees a brass band play the national anthems of over 60 countries that lie beyond the Giardini, exploring the inclusion and exclusion of countries in the Venice Biennale, and forming a continuous fanfare to the missing and absent.
Hear Block Universe's Louise O’Kelly and Alserkal Director Vilma Jurkute discuss the work.
Territorial Symphonies was presented by Block Universe, and supported by Alserkal.
Videography and production by Berlin Art Link.
The countries: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Chile, China (People’s Republic of), Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Kiribati, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Seychelles (Republic of), Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa (Republic of), Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Wales, Zimbabwe.
About Indrė Šerpytytė (b. 1983, Lithuania) lives and works in London. She studied at the University of Brighton (BA, 2006) and the Royal College of Art, London (MA, 2009 and Mphil/PhD 2013). Šerpytytė’s work has been exhibited internationally in major museums and biennials. Recent solo exhibitions include Parafin, London (2019 and 2016); CAC, Vilnius (2017); Still House Group, New York (2016); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow (2015); Ffotogallery, Cardiff (2013); and the Photographers Association, London (2011). Recent group exhibitions include Memory Matters, Skissernas Museum, Lund (2018); Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia (2018); Undersong, KIM?, Riga (2018); Daegu Photo Biennial, South Korea (2017); Age of Terror: Art after 9/11, Imperial War Museum, London (2018); Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); Conflict, Time, Photography, Tate Modern, London (2014) and Museum Folkwang, Essen (2014-15); and the National Gallery, Vilnius (2013). The artist is represented by Parafin, London.