Meet the 2023 British Pavilion Artists

Thunder and Şimşek by Jayden Ali

London-based Jayden Ali is an architect, artist and filmmaker.  At this year’s British Pavilion he has explored his own ancestral ties to the islands of Trinidad and Cyprus.

Jayden’s British Pavilion commissioned work, Thunder and Şimşek, is an impressive large-scale installation that reflects the hybridised cultures and rituals that developed in the face of colonial occupation. 

In Thunder and Şimşek, Jayden uses overhead steel vessels to represent Trinidadian steel-pan playing and Cypriot cooking. Two ritualistic acts that evolved dramatically from colonial occupation of the Caribbean and Cyprus.

Dancing Before the Moon runs from 20 May to 26 November 2023. 

Jayden Ali is one of six UK artists commissioned to create Dancing Before the Moon at the British Pavilion.  Click on the links to explore the work of the other five artists. 

Journey through our film of the full exhibition here.

Photos: Taran Wilkhu © British Council

Film: John Ingle © British Council

Visual identity: TEMPLO