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Video veteran Joan Jonas to represent US in Venice

The artist is expected to create a multimedia installation for next year’s Biennale

Joan Jonas’s 2005 performance at Dia Beacon, The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things. Photo: Paula Court

Joan Jonas has been selected to represent the United States at the 56th Venice Biennale. The video and performance artist is expected to create a site-specific multimedia installation for the US pavilion, one of the most visible and celebrated international platforms for American artists. Her presentation will be on view from 9 May to 22 November 2015.

Paul Ha, the director of the List Visual Arts Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Ute Meta Bauer, the director of the Centre for Contemporary Art at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, will co-curate the pavilion.

Jonas’s presentation at the US pavilion will incorporate video, drawings and sound and focus on landscape, natural phenomena and the ocean. Jonas designs every element of her lyrical multimedia installations, from the music to the script.

Jonas served as a professor of visual arts at MIT for 15 years and is now a professor emerita. She has been a leading figure in the New York art scene since the 1960s, when she shifted from making sculpture to videos and performance.

Although Jonas has been included in other international exhibitions—including Documenta in Kassel, Germany, six times since 1972—her work has rarely been shown in Venice. Ahead of her presentation in Venice, Jonas will have a solo exhibition at HangarBicocca, Milan (September 2014-February 2015).

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