November 27 is the last day of the 59th International Art Exhibition, chaired by Roberto Cicutto and curated by Cecilia Alemani, also the chief curator of New York's High Line public art program.
The exhibition takes place in the Giardini, the Arsenale Corderie, the Gaggiandre, and the Giardino delle Vergini and it also includes external interventions throughout Venice. The Biennale hosts 58 nations, 213 artists, and more than 1400 works and objects on display.
The title, Milk of Dreams, is inspired by the illustrated book of children's stories written in the 1950s by Leonora Carrington, a British surrealist writer and artist active throughout the 20th century.
Carrington’s hybrid characters and imaginary worlds fit in well with the chosen themes that arise from questions posed to the selected artists and concern the post-human, the meaning of the human in the relationship with other living beings, animals and plants, and the responsibility for the earth we inhabit, even projecting a vision of what life could be like without mankind.
MARGUERITE HUMEAU “Migrations” (2022) three sculptures made by biological and synthetic resin and polymers, salt, algae, seaweed, bone, pigments, mineral dust, ocean plastic, glass, and stainless steel.
The itinerary unfolds through continuous comparison and exploration of the past and the present. Five sections, conceived as "historical capsules", show, in the form of mini-exhibitions, how the themes of the body metamorphosis, the relationship with technology, and the bond with the earth had been likewise addressed by authors in the past, how already pressing was the need for an expression other than conventional thinking about the human.
The high percentage of female, non-binary and queer artists emphasises the current situation of the ever-growing desire to change a male-centred paradigm. An encounter between creative minds of the past and present, between voices that dialogue without time limits and talk about their identities, abstractions, and rules of life.
Re-enchanting the World, (2022) textile wall installation on Romanian-Polish culture inspired at the Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara
SIMONE LEIGH Satellite, bronze, 8 metres high
Golden Lion for Best Artist, first black woman to represent the United States pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia
SIMONE LEIGH Martinique (2022) glazed stoneware
PAULA REGO 1935 - 2022 - Sleeper (1994) pastel on paper on the aluminium
ILIT AZOULAY - Queendom 2022, Israelian Pavilion, large-scale panoramic photomontages with sound installation
ANETA GRZESZYKOWSKA photography series Mama (2018) Giardini Central Pavilion
portraits in which the artist becomes an observer of her own daughter interacting with a silicone reproduction of a woman similar to herself
MRINALINI MUKHERJEE 1949 -2015 - Vanshree (1994), hemp fibre, plant pigments -influenced by ancient Indian sculpture and textile traditions
KATHARINA FRITSCH German sculptor, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
Elephant (1987) polyester, cast of a stuffed elephant - Giardini Central Pavilion
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