Plans are coming together for the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale. After the announcement that Britain will be represented by Phyllida Barlow, we now know that Jesse Jones will be representing Ireland while the Swiss pavilion will be in the hands of Philipp Kaiser.
Jesse Jones will be joining forces with stage actress Olwen Fouéré in a performance exploring “national representation at Venice as an alternative site of the Irish state”. Jones’ work questions social and political issues including the State’s control of women’s bodies. Jesse Jones says that she is “excited to rise to this challenge and create an exhibition that will stimulate debate on issues of urgent political and social relevance in Ireland and across the world. ”
Meanwhile, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has entrusted curatorship of its pavilion to Philipp Kaiser. Born in Berne, Philipp Kaiser lives and works in Los Angeles where he is currently preparing an exhibition on the library and archives of Harald Szeemann for the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles). Formerly the director of the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, he has also been curator for modern and contemporary art at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, and has taken part in various exhibition projects with the MoCA in Los Angeles.