Your Country Doesn’t Exist is an ongoing campaign, begun in 2003, for which the artists have traveled the world spreading the message, “Your country doesn’t exist” in different languages and through various visual modes, including billboards, TV advertisements, and wall-drawings. In Venice, Castro and Ólafsson are presenting the project in three iterations. Preceding the Biennale, the artists staged and recorded a public performance that while singing the phrase: “This is an announcement from Libia and Ólafur: Your country doesn’t exist”. The vocalist (mezzo-soprano Ásgerður Júníusdóttir) sang the phrase in several languages, and was accompanied by both trumpet (David Boato) and guitar (Alberto Mesirca).
Venice Biennale, 2011