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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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SPECIAL SCREENING: SECOND EULOGY: MIND THE GAP
Please join us for a special screening on July 24th 8 pm of Billy Gerard Frank Venice Biennale Arte 2019 film installation, Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap. Art News called the film an "Incredible Film” and the lead actor “Terrific." The full installation, which includes (canvas, sculptures and other mementos) are on view in Venice until Nov 24th at the Grenada Pavilion.

This New York screening if part of Martos Gallery Summer show —

EBSPLOITATION
June 21 - August 2, 2019
The exhibition is inspired by Blaxploitation, which provided black audiences with cinematic heroes and was considered at the time as a more honest or accurate portrayal of black realities than those depicted in most Hollywood pictures.

For EBSPLOITATION, Martos Gallery will transform into a movie theater and present a program of short films and videos that show a different side to filmmaking. The curated program will run daily during gallery hours.

Martos will also host weekly screenings of longer and feature length films, every Wednesday night at 8pm.

Martos Gallery
41 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10013

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday, 10AM - 6PM

www.martosgallery.com
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Dear Donors, Friends, and Supporters,
I WISH YOU THE END OF A HAPPY SPRING, AND SUMMER JOYS AND BLESSINGS!
Thank you for all the support you’ve shown towards my Venice Biennale project: Second Eulogy Mind The Gap. It takes a village to go the Venice Biennale. I'm deeply grateful for all your contributions, love and support.
I'm happy to report that my film installation was well received at the Venice Biennale and continue to receive positive support from audiences and as well as press coverage which is amazing for Grenada's Pavilion. Artnews highlighted my film as an "incredible Film... The lead actor in the film is terrific!"
http://www.artnews.com/2019/05/06/odds-ends-a-rolling-log-of-sights-and-observations-from-venice/

The Biennale goes until Nov 24th, so if you're in Venice please visit Grenada's Pavillion.

PALACE ALBRIZZI CAPELLO
FONDAMENTA SAN ANDREA, 4118
30121 VENICE

I am also in a Summer group show at Martos Gallery NYC, and with folks like Arthur Jafa who won the Golden Lion price at this year's Venice Biennale.
I will be doing limited screening of Second Eulogy on:
July 17th and 24th at 8pm.
http://www.martosgallery.com/current

I thought this will be a great opportunity for donors, and friends in New York to see the film, only. The full installation is on view at the Venice Biennale.

Finally, we are still fundraising to pay for final post owed to our vendors, who were so kind to work on the film with the intention that they will be compensated as we continue to fund raise. So please share with friends and any small contribution is always greatly appreciated.

Thank you all again. We couldn't have done it without your support.

Hope to see you july 17th or 24th.

Warmest Wishes

Billy,
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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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