Stan Douglas, Canada Pavilion, Venice Biennale

Stan Douglas: 2011 ≠ 1848 unfolds across two venues in Venice, a first for Canada’s presentation at the Biennale Arte. Four large-scale photographs are presented in the Canada Pavilion in the Giardini, and a major new two-channel video installation are dramatically staged in the Magazzini del Sale No. 5, a 16th-century salt warehouse on Dorsoduro. The exhibition is inspired by the 10th anniversary of 2011, a year that saw significant social and political unrest around the globe including the Arab Spring in North Africa and the Middle East, the Occupy protests that began in New York, the widespread unrest in the UK in response to austerity measures, as well as a riot in Vancouver following a hockey final. The exhibition was commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada, and presented in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.

Installation view of Stan Douglas: ’2011 ≠ 1848’ at the Magazzini del Sale No. 5 at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 23 April – 27 November 2022 Photography: Jack Hems. Courtesy of the artist, the National Gallery of Canada, Victoria Miro and David Zwirner