A complement to commissioned and invited works within the US Pavilion, the Citizen Lab and CitizenSHIP programming series are driven by the idea that “citizenship” can be defined by creative and political action and engagement, as well as a legal affiliation.

The Citizen Lab is space for ongoing discussion and workshopping of what it means to be a citizen today and takes place in the courtyard of the US Pavilion from May through November 2018.

CitizenSHIP activates specific sites in and around Venice. In engaging with local partners in historically potent places, this series strives to build connections between this port city’s legacy of trade and migration and the present day conditions of labor, tourism, and identity.

Together, the Citizen Lab and CitizenSHIP programs expand working conversations about belonging to a broader group of voices from the city of Venice, the US, and beyond.