We are working with partners to bring you an inspiring programme of in-person and online events including talks, film screenings, workshops, performances and commissions in response to the British Pavilion exhibition 2024.

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Inspired by the themes explored in John Akomfrah’s Listening All Night To The Rain, the programme recognises the impact and influence of Akomfrah’s work on different generations of artists and filmmakers and provides a platform for new voices to connect with audiences beyond Venice, encouraging a global dialogue around the most pressing issues of our time.  

The programme will launch in mid-June and runs until December 2024. Keep an eye on our social media channels for further updates.

Unseen Guests: A Post-National Digital Pavilion

Unseen Guests is a commission led by the Institute of International Visual Arts (iniva) and funded by the British Council. Eight artists based in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), working across new media, audiovisual and writing will create new works in dialogue with the work of filmmaker and artist John Akomfrah, representing Great Britain at the 60th edition of the Venice Biennale.

For the second edition of the Post-National Digital Pavilion, iniva presents Unseen Guests. The Pavilion is a series of radical re-imaginings of nationhood, reflecting on the entanglement between land and water, movement and m/otherlands, in the forging of new identities and subjectivities. 

Unseen Guests invites invites eight artists to develop new works, including Ibiye Camp, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Gladys Kalichini, Rodrigo Nava Ramírez, Shamica Ruddock and Helena Uambembe. Through an international open call, they have selected two writers: Yaa Addae and Alexis Teyie

The first commissioned work, a soundscape by Shamica Ruddock is available to listen to now. 

Unseen Guests is co-curated by Renée Akitelek Mboya and Beatriz Lobo Britto, and produced by Leanne Petersen

Explore the digital pavilion