Marco Godinho to Represent Luxembourg at 2019 Venice Biennale

The Portuguese-born and Paris- and Luxembourg-based artist Marco Godinho has been chosen to represent Luxembourg at the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will run from May 11, 2019 to November 24, 2019.

Godinho is known for creating works that explore the subjective perception of time and space through notions of wandering and exile, such as his 2008 video Something White, for which he walked through a disused tunnel with writer Tomas Espedal, and his 2017 text-based work Forever Immigrant, which addresses his identity as an immigrant in Luxembourg. He has had solo exhibitions at the Instituto de Camões in Luxembourg, the Centre d’arts plastiques et visuels de la Ville de Lille in France, and the Art Attitude Hervé Bize Gallery in Nancy, France, among other institutions. In 2006, Godinho was the winner of the Jury Prize at the Twenty-Second Esch Biennale in Luxembourg.

According to the Luxembourg Times, a jury comprised of five museum directors from across the region—Emma Lavigne (Centre Pompidou-Metz), Danielle Igniti (art galleries of the City of Dudelange), Suzanne Cotter (Mudam Luxembourg), Frank-Thorsten Moll (IKOB Eupen) and Kevin Muhlen (Casino Luxembourg–Forum of Contemporary Art)—selected Godinho from a pool of twenty submissions. Commenting on the appointment, the jury said that Godinho will realize an “ambitious and unprecedented artistic project and widen his artistic field in the years to come.”