The Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa has announced that artist Dane Mitchell will represent the country in the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, opening in May 2019. Zara Stanhope and Chris Sharp were named as the curators of the pavilion.
“We are thrilled with Dane’s selection by unanimous decision,” said Jenny Gibbs, the New Zealand at Venice commissioner for 2019. “Known widely for his innovative and challenging work, Dane presented a strong proposal and we’re excited to have such an original project at this highly influential event.”
Mitchell was selected from a pool of eleven proposals for the biennial presentation. He will create a new sculptural project featuring broadcasts around Venice that “give voice to invisible realms.” Commenting on the piece, the artist told the New Zealand Herald, “It certainly won't be anything abrasive or aggressive across public spaces. There will be multiple ways to tune into it.” The piece will reflect the artist’s interest in the invisible aspects of space and how they’re perceived by using modern technologies to transmit signals and sounds.
Previously, Mitchell participated in the Biennale of Sydney in 2016, the Gwangju Biennale in 2012, the Liverpool Biennial in 2012, and the Singapore Biennial in 2011, among other exhibitions.