“Polar Eclipse” by Tavares Stachan is this years’ Bahamas National Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Stachan is interested in migratory and the cross-culture nature of contemporary artistic production. He is focused on exploring often-invisible shifts in cultures, physical environments, and recounted histories, in the wake of globalization and narratives of progress.
This artist is known for “The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want” (2006), which consisted of a 4.5-ton block of ice. Harvested in a river near Mount McKinley he then shipped it by Federal Express to the Bahamas. He then exhibited in a transparent, freezer at a primary school in Nassau, where solar power kept it frozen.
About the “Polar Eclipse” and his art work he says “I’m fascinated by the idea of being in two or more places at once, and exploring difference that way,” says Strachan. “The way that the Venice Biennale, historically and now, deploys the idea of “difference” as cultural tourism is an interesting problem to work with.”
through November 24, 2014
Bahamas National Pavilion