Venice Biennial I: Giardini & Arsenale...


The 56th edition of Venice Biennial was commissioned to curator Okwi Enwezor (Nigeria, 1963),  known for the key role History and Geography play in all of his exhibitions, specially the mixture between Politics and Poetry. This Biennial is no exception. It is also his reflection about Art.
The exhibition is entitled “All the World's Futures” and it's a demonstration of the many sufferings of the weak, specially those caused by alienation, forced migration and exploitation. The works also reflect on wars and their consequences in the people and today's consumerism. A mixture with one common thread: shout out loud the many distresses of the unprotected due to political issues uncaused by them.
The vital center of the exhibition is given by the never-ending reading of Marx's "The Capital", voiced by professional artists who take turns to read paragraphs of the three volumes, day after day, as in a   está dado por la lectura continua de la obra “El Capital” de Marx, realizada por actores profesionales que van leyendo los tres volúmenes, día tras día, as in a ritual: it's an oral epic, as explained by the curator.
Most of the artist on display are African and the others are not so visible in the Art market. It's a good chance, then, to see new artworks and get to know what's going on outside the traditional circles.
Il muro Occidentale, by Fabio Mauri (1993)
Come out #12; #13; #14; #15, by Glenn Ligon (2015)
Serigraphy on canvas
Chicago Mercantile Exchange, by Andreas Gursky (1997)
Technique: Photography
Tokyo Stock Exchange, by Andreas Gursky (1990)
Technique: Photography
"The end of carrying All", by Wangechi Mutu (2015)
NoNoseKnows, by Mika Rottenberg (2015) - Detail
Mixed technique installation, with video, color and sound
Awakening, by Tetsuya Ishida (1998)
Technique: acrylic on panel
The portrait of Sakip Sabanci, by Kutlug Ataman (2014)
Materials: 9216 LCD panels grouped in 144 modules of 64 LCD panels each
Amenaza, by Eduardo Basualdo (2015)
Materials: plastic, metal, wood.
Amenaza, by Eduardo Basualdo (2015) - Detail
Materials: plastic, metal, wood.
Alba, by Eduardo Basualdo (2014)
Materials: wood, metal
The work of Argentine artist Eduardo Basualdo occupies most of the Arsenale, a privileged location were they shine under the spotlight.
Mika Rottenberg (1976), born in Argentina but now living in New York, presents an installation plus a video about the exploitation of pearl harvesters, a luxury object that according to many Eastern villages hides a dark secret.
Conclusion? Two months since the opening, not so many visitors have come to this Biennial that presents itself as an open archive about exploitation.

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