A New International?
Scotland + Venice 2013 is not one of the 88 Partecipazioni nazionali, rather it is one of 47 Eventi collaterali and therefore well away from the imperial British Pavilion on top of the hill in the Giardini. Tired of queuing for its turn (Scotland was only represented once in the British Pavilion, with Mark Boyle in 1978) the Scottish art establishment decided in 2003 to do it alone.
Since 1999 aspects of government have been increasingly devolved from London to Edinburgh and in September 2014 there will be a referendum on the independence of Scotland. But what kind of independence? Even the Scottish National Party proposes retaining the British Monarchy and the British Pound Sterling. Some artists are vociferous in their support for independence; others are silent.
But what, with the prospect of the reemergence of an independent Scotland, does the selection of three internationally acceptable artists tell us about the art establishment? Does the possibility of independence increase the desire, or need, for preserving the hegemony of the “international”?Lindsay Gordon