Pavilion of Mauritius

From One Citizen You Gather An Idea

Here the citizen does the talking about the country himself; the stranger is not asked to help. You get all sorts of information. From one citizen you gather the idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and that heaven was copied after Mauritius. Another one tells you that this is an exaggeration...
[Mark Twain, Following the Equator, 1897]

The Mauritius Pavilion is in Cannaregio near Campo San Geremia.  This is the first time that Mauritius has participated at the Biennale and they have taken over Palazzo Flangini on the Grand Canal.  It is an impressive space with a glorious piano nobile complete with balcony on the canal side.

This sculpture is Geschraubt by Helge Leibert.  It is apparently an invitation to ponder on the ambivalent attitude of devotion and repudiation.  We loved the huge hands.

This washing line is Krisha Luchoomun's From Birth To Death - the representation of the lives of thousands of women around the world who live a life which is predetermined by the men around them.

This is the main salon of the piano nobile hosting several large works.  This is Nirmal Hurry's A Love Story Since 1982 - sequined dogs.