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Displaying the nation in a cosmopolitan age: Britain at the Venice Biennale

Title
Displaying the nation in a cosmopolitan age: Britain at the Venice Biennale
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Monica Sassatelli # Goldsmiths, University of London; Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
21st Mar 2018 11:00 - 21st Mar 2018 12:00
Location
1st Floor Practice Suite (CMB, 1.12)
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events2/seminar_series/2017_2018/displaying_the_nation_in_a_cosmopolitan_age_britain_at_the_venice_biennale

How to display the nation in an age that asserts to be global and ‘cosmopolitan’? How are ways of using national categorization shifting, within and beyond consolidated territorial imaginaries? This paper examines the participation of Britain at the Venice Biennale as a privileged case to address
such questions. This case will substantiate empirically what often remains at the level of general dichotomies, by exploring the intertwining of a contemporary discourse of transnational art practice and the persistence of a national frame, implicitly and explicitly, in the display and public patronage of art. Based on systematic analysis of the rich and under-studied archives of the
Venice Biennale and British Council, the historical trajectory and contemporary relevance of national exhibition strategies will expose the politics and policies of imagining Britain through art today.

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