Venice Biennale 54th - Lingua Franca: Central Asia Pavilion
|When||4 Jun - 27 Nov 2011|
|Where||Palazzo Malipiero, Venice|
The exhibition of the Central Asia Pavilion, Lingua Franca presents the works of contemporary artists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as well as a video-retrospective of Central Asian avant-garde.
The origin of the term lingua franca is connected to a mixed language, which appeared in the Middle Ages, thanks to trading contacts between Europe and Asia. “Lingua Franca” is the Italian translation of the Arabic term “Frankish language”, as with the beginning of the Crusades, Arabs called all Europeans “Franks”.
Today the term highlights languages of interethnic communication (for example, English), or – in the broader aspects of semiotics – any sign system serving intercultural communication. International contemporary arts can also be considered similar to these languages. The exhibition of the Central Asia Pavilion analyses various aspects of this problem.
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