The Venice Biennale has returned to Italy! One of our favorite exhibits to explore during the Venice Biennale is the Pavilions. Nations from around the globe organize creative presentations to gain international exposure for their artists. Here are a few pavilions that we recommend checking out!
Many of the artists exhibiting in national pavilions this year—whether or not they were responding to the pandemic—sought to create distinctively experiences for audiences that prioritized feeling over sight. Several artists aimed to reinvent our relationship with the screen, while others created presentations of ceramics and textiles, pushing sculpture and installation art to the fore.
Zsófia Keresztes, “After Dreams: I Dare to Defy the Damage”
Curated by Mónika Zsikla
Simone Leigh, “Sovereignty”
Curated by Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, ICA Boston
Vladimir Nikolić, “Walking with Water”
Curated by Biljana Ćirić
After two years of pandemic-filled screen engagement, video art had much to prove at the Biennale.
In “Walking with Water,” Vladimir Nikolić mounts two large screens to examine our relationship with vantage point and water.
Skuja Braden (Ingūna Skuja and Melissa Braden), “Selling Water by the River”
Curated by Andra Silapētere and Solvita Krese
Artistic duo Ingūna Skuja and Melissa Braden, who operates under the name Skuja Braden, creates a ceramic funhouse representing an artist’s home.
Sonia Boyce, “Feeling Her Way”
Eye-popping and sonically rich Golden Lion award-winning pavilion works through layers of vocality to map out Black women’s impact in British music production.