The Possibility of an Island surveys the strange connectivity between islands and mainlands, green-zones and battlefields, tax-havens and street corners, private fantasy and collective unconscious. Since Plato, through Defoe and Swift, via Gauguin, and in the work of numerous contemporary artists the island figure has been employed to negotiate relationships between the real and the imaginary, utopia and dystopia, selfhood and otherness, centre and periphery. The Possibility of an Island charts the topography of this intellectual archipelago – interrogating the possibility of isolation in the 21st Century.
This exhibition is accompanied by a screening program at the 55th Biennale di Venezia. The screening takes place at the Maldives Exodus Caravan Pavilion - hosted by the Museum of Everything, Serra del Giardini - An Official Collateral Project of the Biennale. Contributions by Bik Van der Pol, Klea Charitou, Joe Hamilton, Daniel Keller and Emily Segal, Mariyam Omar, Alexander Ponomarev, Jon Rafman, Hayley Silverman, and SUPERFLEX.
The Island World essay