Tibet Pavilion-a dream that made a mark
Biennale di Venezia – Padiglione Italia
17 dicembre 2011 – 30 gennaio 2012
Sala Nervi, Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Corso Massimo D’Azeglio 15/b – Torino (Italy)
“If people is (sic) fully informed, it (sic) is 9sic?) able to distinguish what is right from what is wrong. Information’s censorship and restriction violate human right’s dignity.” (Dalai Lama)
Tibet: a country that has always recalled a religious, mystical feeling of peace. It has been a kind of vital, spiritual “junction box” for all human beings, in contrast to its neighbour, China driven by a destructive materialistic consumerism.That peaceful condition was shattered one day of many decades ago when China invaded, since then, Tibet has been oppressed, to the point that culture and language are now at risk of being lost forever. Both these countries are full of great charm and mystery, but one country is overwhelmed by the another. Now, some people want to annihilate them both, by pushing one into a physical and cultural abyss of destruction, and brutalizing the other via terrible oppression, which has been condemned (not strongly enough) by other countries.
Since the beginning, the Venice Biennial has given each country the chance to show their own and most representative artistic works, through the National Pavilion. The appeal for people’s dignity can be expressed also through an artistic project. Venice Biennale, this year, hosted the highest number of national entries ever registered in its almost hundred-year-old history. A form of cultural redemption strongly wanted by many countries and for Tibet Pavilion (not previously present) even assumed a sort of socio-political valency. It’s interesting to note here what Angela Vettese says in her article “Art regains geography and identity”, published in “Il Sole 24 Ore”, concerning those countries that are willing to get a national pavilion.
“[…] 87, ten more than in past one and the higher number ever reached since 1985… some need visibility honouring their increased economic presence in the international scenario, others need to show the difficult situation they are facing… Evidently, the Venice gymnasium is able to attract attention on one’s own emergencies. Participating means proving that you exist and resist. Even if “the culture is not edible”, it is part of those necessary things that build up identity… In terms of competitiveness, one’s own claimed existence as a given community is strengthened … The Venice Biennial … has become topical again, and it willingly shows the new geography. However and fortunately, it has found a new way of being, by becoming an open Embassy: a place where, year after year, native citizens let Foreign Cultural Institutes have their space and some suitable places to become Pavilions.”
At Turin, inside the Italy Pavilion, arranged by Vittorio Sgarbi, will be presented my project Tibet Pavilion, a simple idea, but with a strong internal emotional charge. Art, as a system, by using all those means and possibilities of what is capable, might break the wall of silence, that for too long is making vain attempts to help Tibetan people.
A wide review of works will be realized by contemporary artists directly upon a Khata (a typical scarf, used in Tibet offered by monks as a greeting and friendship sign). It’s going to be an event able to highlight the union between Sacred Tibetan Art and Western Contemporary Art, an unending construction on web and in reality: during the exhibition will be hosted theatrical and contemporary dance performances, round tables about the actual situation in Tibet. I have no illusions: I know this project it’s just a little thing, but I hope it can help to break the indifference that, for some inexplicable reasons, has grown up around the tragedy of this wonderful country with metaphysical heights. Firm decisions are necessary, from now on, to keep believing, hoping for a country with a violent dignity, with a hurt culture: Tibet Pavilion wants to be a strong protest sign in honor of all Tibetan martyrs (13 only during this year) who self-immolated in support of Tibet’s national freedom, the return of the Dalai Lama and human rights.
This Country on the world’s roof, geographically and spiritually such a long way off, but suffering a tragic situation, which people are supporting, some following the example of its spiritual leader, central figure in the Tibetan community, the Dalai Lama, who embodies the all martyrs’ spirit. His face is Tibet’s symbol.
The Tibet Pavilion is an exemplary enterprise, where the creativity of the artist joins the creative solidarity of the support groups. this kind of union with the Tibetan cause, in the midst of provocation and proposal, works to reanimate the attention of public opinion towards the enormous pains inflicted upon the Tibetan people. Unfortunately after the revolt of March 2008, the media avoided the tragedy that took place on the ‘Roof-of-the-World’, and amid the indifference of the free world, the Chinese regime could shed untold blood to suppress the Tibetan yearning for freedom, forcibly displacing huge numbers of farmers and nomadic shepherds, and brutally marginalized Tibetans.
International institutions, unable to stop the violence of China’s occupying regime, are deaf to the fight for the national liberation of Tibetan people, while governments only are anxious to maintain trade with China’s tyranny. So Tibetans now can rely only on our support, or that of wider civil society, to go on in their battle against the Chinese colonial domination. while the presence of so many friends and artists today in Turin, show that we don’t want to abandon Tibetans in their rightful struggle for national freedom and social justice.
Information courtesy of: Claudio Tecchio-Allegato : Programma