Scotland + Venice 2022 for the 59th International Art Exhibition

23 April – 27 November 2022, Docks Cantieri Cucchini

Alberta Whittle

Alberta Whittle has been commissioned to develop new work which will be put forward to represent Scotland as a collateral event at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. The project is commissioned by the Scotland + Venice Partnership and is a multi-partner project initiated by Glasgow International and supported by Glasgow Life.

This will be the tenth presentation commissioned by the Scotland + Venice partnership continuing to build Scotland’s strength and reputation as an important international voice in visual art and architecture.

Recognised as one of the world’s most prestigious festivals of contemporary art, the 2022 edition of La Biennale di Venezia will take place from 23 April – 27 November 2022.

Working in film, sculpture, print, performance and installation, Whittle’s work is often made in response to current events and draws on her research into the African diaspora and the decolonisation of Western histories.  Major themes include colonialism, xenophobia, climate change and the global pandemic.

Over 2021, Whittle will be sharing new work as part of Art Night London, British Art Show 9, Liverpool Biennial, business as usual: hostile environment at Glasgow Sculpture Studios for Glasgow International and Right of Admission at the University of Johannesburg.

Whittle’s work has been acquired for the UK National Collections, The Scottish National Gallery Collections, Glasgow Museums Collections and The Contemporary Art Research Collection at Edinburgh College of Art amongst other private collections.

The selection of the artist was made following an open, competitive process. Members of the selection panel were:

Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts at Creative Scotland and Chair of the Scotland + Venice partnership, Simon Groom, (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art), Norah Campbell (British Council), Fatos Üstek (Liverpool Biennial), Zoé Whitley, (Chisenhale Gallery).

Exhibition Dates

April 23 2022 to November 27 2022

Location

Docks Cantieri Cucchini

Docks Cantieri Cucchini, S. Pietro di Castello is situated between the Giardini and Arsenale, the two main sites of the Biennale.  The venue was first used by the Scotland + Venice partnership for the 2019 presentation by Charlotte Prodger, SaF05. 

Profile

Alberta Whittle

Alberta Whittle’s creative practice is motivated by the desire to manifest self-compassion and collective care as key methods in battling anti-blackness. She choreographs interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces. Read more

7 April 2021 — Commission Announcement

Alberta Whittle

Commissioned by the Scotland + Venice Partnership On behalf of the Scotland + Venice partnership, Creative Scotland is delighted to announce that Alberta Whittle has been commissioned to develop new work which will be put forward to represent Scotland as a collateral event at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia at the Arsenale Docks, S. Read more

image: Alberta Whittle by Matthew A Williams

Profile

Alberta Whittle

Alberta Whittle’s creative practice is motivated by the desire to manifest self-compassion and collective care as key methods in battling anti-blackness. She choreographs interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces. Read more