As the preview for the Venice Biennale’s 56th edition of the International Art Exhibition opened last week, the art world has been exploding with works from artists around the world. 89 national participants are exhibiting in these historical pavilions and here are a few of my favourites:
British Pavilion: Sarah Lucas’ “I Scream Daddio”
“Deep Cream Maradona” fills the room in the British Pavilion.
Hungarian Pavilion: Szilard Cseke’s “Sustainable Identities”
Plastic is slowly inflated and large white balls are pushed through tubes by air.
Croatian Pavilion: Damir Ocko’s “Studies on Shivering: The Third Degree”
Mirror fragments used to distort the subjects in the film as a part of Ocko’s installation. He explores questions about the human body and its physical realties. The film shows abstract close-up shots of burnt skin and edited with images reflecting the crew while filming.
Japan Pavilion: Chiharu Shiota’s “The Key in Hand”
Keys collected from thousands across the world, and 400,000 metres blood red string seem to explode from and surround an old boat. Shiota explores the concept of memory.
Turkish Pavilion: Sarkis Zabunyan’s “Respiro”
“Respiro” meaning “breath” in Italian explores the concepts of transformation and shared human experience. The neon rainbow light a series of 36 stained glass panels that depict imagery reflecting nature, spirituality, and the sublime.
The exhibition continues until November 22, 2015 at the Giardini della Biennale and at the Arsenale.