Personal Structures
Open Boarders

13 May – 26 November 2017
Palazzo Bembo, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


A Celebration of Cultural Adornment 
Within the context of the Venice Art Biennale 2017, the GAA Foundation presented the group exhibition ‘Personal Structures - Open Borders’ hosted and supported by the European Cultural Centre. For inclusion in in the exhibition ‘Open Borders’ at Palazzo Bembo Kimberley Gundle created an Installation celebrating the cultural Adornment of the Maasai tribes of Kenya and Tanzania. Gundle offered an adorned seat for the viewer to sit and reflect on the installation and the Maasai’s place within a wider community, while the installation is set against a backdrop of photographic transfers that make up part of my documentation for the exhibition. These have been deliberately re-worked, and overlapped, suggestive of interlocking lives within the greater community context, and the artist’s own nostalgic remembrances. 

image: Kimberley Gundle sitting amongst her installation A Celebration of Cultural Adornment of the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania at Palozzo Bembo, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2017