The International Art and Architecture exhibitions, La Biennale di Venezia, has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale has an attendance today of over 500,000 visitors at the annual Exhibitions. In the 1930s new festivals were born including Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival ever organised). In 1980, the first Architecture Exhibition took place, and, in 1999, dance made its debut.
The Venice Biennale remains the world's most important international showcase for contemporary arts and architecture. The annual exhibitions offer a unique opportunity for Ireland to showcase the strength and creativity of the Irish imagination to the world. It is a vital platform for Irish artists, curators and commissioners to gain international profile and to generate opportunities for them to present their work outside of Ireland.
Since 2005, national representation at the international art and architecture exhibitions, la Biennale di Venezia, has been an initiative of Culture Ireland, in partnership with the Arts Council. Both agencies consider the Venice Biennale to be an important opportunity for artists' development and for Irish curators to work in an international context. Further information on Ireland at Venice can be found here.
This year, with a practice that is grounded in film and performance, Jones is creating an artwork entitled Tremble Tremble which she describes as a ‘bewitching’ of the judicial system. The title is inspired by the 1970s Italian wages for housework movement, during which women chanted: ‘Tremate, tremate, le streghe sono tornate! (Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!)’ Jones is collaborating with theatre artist Olwen Fouéré, and sound artist Susan Stenger, who are together creating an artwork that extends across the pavilion as an expanded form of cinema.