Raafat Ishak to show at Venice Biennale - Art Collector

Raafat Ishak with his work Responses to an immigration request from one hundred and ninety four governments. Courtesy: the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

16 May 2011 | Raafat Ishak has been formally invited to participate in The Future of a Promise, the first Pan-Arab exhibition of contemporary art to be held at the Venice Biennale.

The exhibition has been curated by Lina Lazaar and features the work of 20 artists, including Kader Attia, Mona Hatoum, Emily Jacir and Ziad Antar.

The premise is an inversion of the old cliché the promise of a future. Lazaar is interested in the promise as a transaction, and how that is being made manifest in the visual arts culture of the Arab world.

His inclusion follows on from the last Art Dubai, where his work was exhibited by Melbourne’s Sutton Gallery. As a result of participation in the fair, the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah acquired his
Responses to an immigration request from one hundred and ninety four governments (2006-9).

The Future of a Promise runs throughout the biennale from 1 June to 30 November 2011. Australia’s representative for the Venice Biennale is Hany Armanious.


Jane O'Sullivan


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