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Who's Coming to Venice Biennale 2019? Confirmed Artists So Far (Part IV)

  • Venice Biennale 2017
October 16, 2018
Balasz Takac is alias of Vladimir Bjelicic who is actively engaged in art criticism, curatorial and artistic practice.

As the time passes by, the upcoming 58th Venice Biennale is getting closer and anticipation is getting higher. Various media appointed that the curator Ralph Rugoff will bring an exciting, bold and outstanding concept, so a number of high profile engaged works is expected.

We covered the first, the second and the third group of artists representing their countries, and here are brief descriptions of seven more pavilions which will contribute to, at least, a provisional image of how one of the most prestigious art manifestations is going to look like.

Featured image: Venice Biennale 2017. Image via flickr.

  • Martin Puryear – Up and over

USA - Martin Puryear

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Madison Square Park Conservancy appointed artist Martin Puryear to represent the United States at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

The exhibition will be curated by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, who is the deputy director and senior curator of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. This is a continuation of the collaboration between the artist and the institution after large-scale sculpture Big Bling was revealed in 2016 at Madison Square Park in New York.

Puryear’s produced an astonishing and visually impressive body of work and for more than five decades he has been focused on questioning the domains of sculpture and is best known for working with wood.

Featured image: Martin Puryear – Up and over, 2014. Cast ductile iron , 18 5/8 x 26 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches. Image via tamarzinn.blogspot.com.

  • Siren Eun Young Jung – Act of Affect

Korea - Hwayeon Nam, Siren Eun Young Jung, Jane Jin Kaisen

Following up is the Korean presentation consisting of three artists: Hwayeon Nam, Siren Eun Young Jung, and Jane Jin Kaisen. One of the curators of the 2008 Gwangju Biennale and the Kadist foundation’s lead Asia curator Hyunjin Kim will organize the pavilion, as she stated, aimed to focus on the themes of “women and gender-diversified narratives that interrupt, break away from and reconstruct previous understandings of modernization in the region of East Asia.”

Hwayeon Nam is known for working with digital archives and one of her works was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2015. On the other hand, Siren explores studies, researches, and analyses of traditional Korean female theatre, while Jane Jin Kaisen works with film, video installation, photography, writing, and performance and produces alternative modes of storytelling.

Featured image: Siren Eun Young Jung – Act of Affect, 2013. Single channel video. Image via koreaartistprize.org

  • Voluspa Jarpa - Paisaje somático

Chile - Voluspa Jarpa

The project titled Altered Views by Voluspa Jarpa, the academic of the UC Art School, was selected out of six other finalists to represent Chile. The artist works with archives, especially ones from the period when the United States began to declassify secret documents about the relationship between the CIA and the dictator Augusto Pinochet. Jarpa was fascinated with a number of two hundred and fifty thousand pages censored, so she stated:

It gave me an expectation about how I was going to change or at least I was going to put into tension the way in which history has been written in Chile and particularly, the history of the coup.

This prolific Chilean painter and visual artist gained recognition in the 1990s and is best known for her paintings, installations, and sculptures.

Featured image: Voluspa Jarpa – Paisaje somático. Image via flickr.

  • Larissa Sansour - In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain

Denmark - Larissa Sansour

Next up is Larissa Sansour who will represent Denmark at the Biennale, and her project will be curated by Nat Muller. This artist is of Palestinian origin and the themes of conflict and displacement often hoover through her works. One of her best-known works is a film called A Space Exodus from 2009, where the artist imagined herself as the first Palestinian to journey to the moon.

Sansour’s overtly political works are fulfilled with various references and details ranging from sci-fi and spaghetti westerns to horror films and Middle East politics.

Featured image: Larissa Sansour – In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain. Image via chapter.org

  • David Bestué - Woman holding her own head by her mouth

Catalonia - David Bestue, Marcel Borras, Albert Garcia-Alzorriz, Tiziano Schurch, Dolors Magallon

Losing the Head (Idols) is a project conceived by the curator Pedro Azara and it will be Catalonia’s contribution to the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale. Namely, Azara has a PhD in architecture and has worked as a teacher at several academic centers. He has also curated numerous exhibitions in different institutions.

This particular project was chosen by an expert committee and will be produced by the Institut Ramon Llull. The conceptual wealth of the proposed project is underlined by the committee, and it will be specially designed for the Venetian context of the pavilion structure. David Bestué, Marcel Borràs, Tiziano Schürch and Albert Garcia-Alzórriz, as well as documentary filmmaker Dolors Magallón, are the artists participating in the work.

Featured image: David Bestué – Woman holding her own head by her mouth – History of foam, 2007. Image via oralmemories.com

  • Ane Graf, Maria Teeri, Janne Nabb and Ingela Ihrman

Nordic Pavilion - Janne Nabb, Maria Teeri, Ane Graf, Ingela Ihrman

The contemporary art museum located in Helsinki Kiasma will organize the Nordic Pavilion exhibition at Venice Biennale in 2019. It will focus entirely on one of the most important contemporary issues on the global scale – the complexity of the relations between humans and other living organisms in an age of climate changes and mass extinction.

Under the title Weather Report: Forecasting Future, this particular concept will present the Nordic perspective through the new works of Finish artist duo nabbteeri, Ingela Ihrman from Sweden and Ane Graf from Norway. As it was stated in a public explanation of the exhibition concept, “the human actions have led to significant changes in the environment and the climate of the whole planet, climate being the common environment of all terrestrial ecosystems.”

The selected artists will examine the intense interrelations between humanity and nature in the context of climate sensitivity and the unpredictability in forecasting. All of them work mostly with sculpture, assemblage, installation, performance, digital material, and text. Interestingly so, their artistic practices are often based on an intersection of different disciplines, so by absorbing inspiration and information from humanities and natural sciences, they create multilayered works.

Featured image: Ane Graf, Maria Teeri, Janne Nabb and Ingela Ihrman. Photo: Finnish National Gallery, Pirje Mykkänen.

  • Enrico David, Untitled, 2002

Italy - Enrico David, Chiara Fumai, Liliana Moro

A total of three contemporary artists will represent Italy in Venice. Enrico David, Chiara Fumai and Liliana Moro were announced by the government and selected by Milovan Farronato, artistic director of the Fiorucci Art Trust, who is also curating the pavilion.

Enrico David creates sculptures, paintings and tapestries reminiscing of historical movements closely related to his homeland such as Arte Povera. He is currently the subject of a survey at the MCA in Chicago, which will then travel to the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C. in 2019. Formerly a gallerist in Milan, Liliana Moro is a conceptual artist whose practice encompasses many media. She has previously participated in the Biennale in 1993. Chiara Fumai, whose tragic death in 2017 shocked the nation, made her name through a versatile oeuvre. Her work at DOcumenta 13 in Kassel was particularly notable.

Featured image: Enrico David – Untitled, 2002. Mahogany, plywood, pencil, wood varnish and metal, with motorised plinth, 2410 x 900 x 900 mm. Tate Britain London. Photo by Jim Linwood via Flickr.