KIRIBATI PAVILION – 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

Pacific Time Time Flies

In Kiribati language Ana tai te Betebeke E biribiri te tai

In the great vastness of the Pacific Ocean, the tiny island countries are barely noticeable on the map. One of these islands is the Republic of Kiribati, consisting of 33 paradise atolls with wonderful beaches. However, the rising ocean level caused by climate change is threatening the existence of Kiribati. The islands are in danger of disappearing into the Pacific Ocean forever.

The Republic of Kiribati Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale reflects the endangered existence of the island country of Kiribati and the time we live in. According to Plato, in contrast to the impermanent nature of our world and objects within our world, forms and ideas are permanent. In the Kiribati Pavilion, you can see interlaced group artworks by 29 artists from different generation and genres of art. The presented art genres are: video, photography, interactive animation, performance, ready-made and installation. The artistic elements used in the artworks include sound, colour, light, space and material. The artist Kaeka Michael Betero uses photography to represent the threat to homes and inhabitants. His authentic and genuine approach shows reality as it is. The Kairaken Betio Group uses dance to communicate their passion for life, dance and tradition. The elements of their performance are rooted in tradition in connection to modern performance approaches. Daniela Danica Tepes, a visual artist, connects all the artworks into an interactive installation in the form of a room in a house, where the threat of inundation is ever present as the waves have already covered more than half of the window height. The room is filled with traditional items used by Kiribati inhabitants. The interactive installation turns on when visitors enter the room. As they move around the exhibition space, they awaken animated otherworldly dancers who mimic the visitors’ movements. This art project discusses the issue of climate change and is designed as a reflection between the artwork, human presence and space.

COMMISSIONER Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kiribati, Pelea Tehumu


Kautu Tabaka

Nina Tepes


Kaeka Michael Betero

Daniela Danica Tepes

Kairaken Betio Performance Group; Teroloang Borouea, Neneia Takoikoi, Tineta Timirau, Teeti Aaloa, Kenneth Ioane, Kaumai Kaoma, Runita Rabwaa, Obeta Taia,Tiribo Kobaua, Tamuera Tebebe, Rairauea Rue, Teuea Kabunare, Tokintekai Ekentetake, Katanuti Francis, Mikaere Tebwebwe, Terita Itinikarawa, Kaeua Kobaua, Raatu Tiuteke, Kaeriti Baanga, Ioanna Francis, Temarewe Banaan, Aanamaria Toom, Einako Temewi, Nimei Itinikarawa, Teniteiti Mikaere, Aanibo Bwatanita, Arin Tikiraua.





European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Mora, Strada Nuova 3659  Cannaregio

Inauguration and presentation: May 10h 2019 at 17:00

Opening days: from May 11th to November 24th 2019

Open daily from 10.00 – 18.00.

Closed on Tuesdays.




10th May 2019 at Palazzo Mora at 17:00 presentation of the Republic of Kiribati and art project with Curators and Artist

10th May 2019 at Palazzo Mora at 18:00 opening with a banquet