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TRAILER  (2ND EULOGY: MIND THE GAP) 

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Hello Friends, Colleagues,  and Patrons  of the Arts, 

THE HONOR: My name is Billy Gerard Frank .   I have been selected as one of the four artists chosen to represent the island of Grenada at the official National Pavilion of Grenada for la Biennale di Venezia 2019.  

It is a great honor to participate in this most-prestigious world-renowned international art exhibition.  Despite the abundance of talent in the Caribbean and its diaspora, Grenada is the only single Caribbean island nation to participate in this world-renowned globally recognized event  for the third time, which proves Grenada as a leader in the Caribbean. Only Cuba has exhibited as a Caribbean country more often. 

The relevance of my participation as a native to the island now living in United States for the past 20 years is both personally profound and deeply prophetic when questioning the themes of Home, family, Colonialism, and Identity.
 
The caveat to accepting the honor is that each artist must support their project independently. The costs for the security and rental of  the exhibition the space in Venice, Italy was secured in partnership with the Italian not-for-profit organization on behalf of Grenada's Government, and the National Arts Council. 

THE PROJECT: 2nd Eulogy: mind the gap
For the 2019 Venice Biennale Grenada's parti pris is defined as "Epic Memory".  Taken from the acceptance speech of Caribbean Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, "Epic Memory" speaks of the Caribbean as a place where "our" relationship with the landscape and the materials in+on it penetrate our collective souls in a way that facts from a history book or standing at the ruins of a fort could never do.  Couple with my personal experience born and lived in Grenada, Walcott's poetry has always informed the lens to which I view the Grenada of my birth, and the Caribbean as a whole: the joy and pathos  of its people and the place.

2nd Eulogy: mind the gap, will give voice, decontextualize, and deconstruct the mythology and legacies surrounding the present/absent fathers.   This new body of work(s) explore themes of exile, migration, and memories around my family and estrangement,  using as a departure point my narrative short film, Absence Of Love . My father who was a shipwright, sailor, fisherman, among other things, will be central to the rendering a multi-textured reading and re-positioning of memory and history. I will also be  incorporating strands of thoughts from Ralph Rugoff,  the chief Curator of the 58th International Art Exhibition  chosen  theme: “May You Live in Interesting Times”. In a speech given in the late 1930s, British MP Sir Austen Chamberlain invoked an ancient Chinese curse that he had learned of from a British diplomat who had served in Asia, and which took the curious form of saying, “May you live in interesting times.” “There is no doubt that the curse has fallen on us,”  Chamberlain observed. “We move from one crisis to another. We suffer one disturbance and shock after another.”

In Rugoff words: “Ultimately, Biennale Arte 2019 aspires to the ideal that what is most important about an exhibition is not what it puts on display, but how audiences can use their experience of the exhibition afterwards, to confront everyday realities from expanded viewpoints and with new energies.”

THE FUNDING: I am seeking the generosity of individuals to help co-create my project in the amount of
( $176,000).  Your support will enable me to produce the multi-media installation that I am currently mapping-out and assembling for the Biennale. The project costs are split into two phases, Pre and Post Production costs.  Pre Production include the required travel and lodging expenses from NYC to Grenada for key video installation shoot, edit,  and other material components that are to be incorporated into the installation of the work at the the Biennale.  Post -Production Costs  include shipping, and  the required travel and lodging expenses  from NYC to Venice, Italy during installation of 2nd Eulogy through the opening of the event.


I am kindly requesting your assistance to help produce the work and other expenses I've mentioned to represent Grenada at such an important art-world forum.  Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

 
In addition, for anyone who would like a  tax-deductible for any donations,  you can donate through this link  which  is 100%  tax deductible: Fracture Atlas Artist

Below are links to press about my participation in  the Biennale.

Art News 

Now Grenada 

Art News 

Hyperallergic Magazine

Beebeez 

Biennial Foundation 

Culture Type 


MY DEEPEST THANKS AND GRATITUDE  TO YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY!

AND I HOPE TO CELEBRATE GRENADA WITH YOU  LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2019

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Happy Spring Dear Donors, Friends and Supporters of my Venice Biennale project: 2nd Eulogy Mind The Gap. I thought it was about time I took some time to give you and update on my progress and process and share a video produced by ( https://www.womanityproject.com/ ) after a studio visit last week.
As a result of all your contributions, we were able to to go to Grenada and shoot the film, working with local talents and people who opened their homes to us, even giving us a working estate ( https://thetowerestategrenada.com) to shoot to shoot on.
We are working against the clock and lots of deadlines to finish the film, art and sculptures were shipped to Venice last week. I am very exciting to work with the talented composer and sound designer ( www.williamjameblades.com), and the Olivier Award winning actress, ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noma_Dumezweni ) who is doing the narration of the film.
My Go Fund Me Campaign also ganer a lot of attention from the press and Grenda's pavilion is now on people's rader as a pavilion to watch.

It takes a village to go the Venice Biennale. I'm deeply grateful for all your contributions, love and support you've all shown. I wish you all a happy spring and hope to see some of you in Venice. Please let me know if you're going to be there and I will send you an invite.

Warmest,
Billy
Here's just a few press links to browse:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/grenada-venice-biennale-billy-gerard-frank-1396387
https://hyperallergic.com/472758/an-artist-representing-grenada-at-the-2019-venice-biennale-must-raise-10000-on-gofundme/
https://www.labiennale.org/en/art/2019/national-participations
https://www.theveniceinsider.com/expectations-art-biennale-2019-venice/
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