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CPS Venice Biennale 'Cancelled Pavillion' Project 2011 by Alfredo Cramerotti

CPS Venice Biennale 'Cancelled Pavillion' Project  2011

performance, video. sound, audience, q&a

'The ownership and the status of Lebanese history' is a performative theoretical research project consisting of three public performances - In Beirut, Messina and Venice The project was CPS contribution to the Lebanese Pavillion at the 54th Venice Biennial. The Pavillion has been officially cancelled by the Lebanese Ministry of Culture, two months before its launch. I share here what was produced for the 'platform 1' of the project, the Beirut Talk, which actually happened on 21st February 2011. The research performances, of which 'platform 1' was part, would have form the theoretical base for the 52 min investigative video documentary about the process and restitution attempt of artworks and artifacts whose stay in Lebanon draws a blank in their provenance description. Artworks such as Guercino’s ‘Samson Captured by the Philistines’, presently part of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection, for instance.