Tuvalu

Oh Noah, Where Art Thou…

Ecological urgency is the true ideological preoccupation of our time. Faced with the imminent threat of submersion with climate related sea level change, Tuvalu’s fate rests squarely upon the shoulders of the rest of the world. This dependency is, however, not unilateral. The Polynesian island nation’s fate is a microcosm of ours — all of us. Its destiny is also those of the Venetian islands. Hence, the appropriateness of the pavilion’s co-option of an interloping islander, the Taiwanese artist, Vincent Huang, to place Tuvalu at the forefront of a crisis-driven eco-artistic rendition (notwithstanding the diplomatic subtext vis-à-vis the Chinese mainland). While ostensibly drawing its repositorial inspiration from Marino Auriti’s “Encyclopedic Palace,” the pavilion’s gesture is closer in spirit to those of a latter-day Noah. The incongruent yet deeply intertwined contention between susceptibility and culpability — respectively the endangered sea turtle and the capitalist bull — speaks of what is left before the coming deluge. At greatest risk is the sum of humanity’s inventiveness, its imaginative manifestation: art and culture at a tipping point. What happens when the ark is itself sunk?

Lim Lee Ching & Jeremy Fernando

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Pavilion

Organizer/Commissioner:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Tourism, Environment and Labour
Artist:
Vincent J.F. Huang
Curators:
An-yi Pan; Szu-Hsien Li; Shu Ping Shih

Curator

Name:
Szu-Hsien Li
Lives and works in:
Taiwan
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Curator

Name:
An-yi Pan
Gender:
Male
Lives and works in:
The United States of America
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Curator

Name:
Shu Ping Shih
Lives and works in:
Taiwan
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Vincent J.F. Huang
Gender:
Male
Born:
Taiwan, 1971
Lives and works in:
Taiwan and the United Kingdom
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Politics & Economics

State System:
Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Ruling Political Party:
Tuvalu has no political parties: the 15 members of parliament are elected on personal and geographical merits
Population (World Bank, 2011):
9,847
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
$3,636
Net OECD ODA Aid Received (2011):
$42,660,000
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
No data

Alliances


Commonwealth
World Bank debt

Conflicts

Country independent since:
1975 (from Britain)
Last Major Border Revision:
1979 (USA cedes control over Funafuti, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae and Niulakita atolls to Tuvalu)
Colonial History:
Former British colony
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
No ranking
Nuclear Force?
No
Ongoing Conflicts and Disputes:
Tuvalu depends on foreign aid and the sales of the internet suffix '.tv'. It recognizes Taiwan, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Taiwan had funded the largest building on Tuvalu.