Fear death by water

Ermanno Rivetti: Mohammed Kazem's claustrophobic 360-degree sound and video installation, Directions 2005-2013, in the United Arab Emirates pavilion, creates a powerful cocktail of dread and desolation by transporting the viewer to the middle of the ocean, with no land in sight. MORE

Wed, 29 May 2013 12:15:00 GMT | 1 comments

“Not quite” nations still have their place at the Venice Biennale

Ermanno Rivetti: In order to have an official pavilion at the Venice Biennale, a country needs to be formally recognised by the Italian government. While this makes it sound as if the world’s most prestigious art event has no place for “outsider” states such as Palestine and Tibet, the organisers have found a way around that. MORE

Fri, 24 May 2013 10:30:00 GMT

France and Germany embrace new world order

Ermanno Rivetti: Increasingly porous geopolitical boundaries and the ever-more cosmopolitan background of artists are allowing contemporary curators to make bold choices in Venice’s national pavilions. At this year’s Biennale, France and Germany are swapping buildings. MORE

Fri, 24 May 2013 10:03:00 GMT

A holy vision

Ermanno Rivetti: The Holy See was the last pavilion to announce its artist line-up for this year’s Biennale at a press conference on 14 May. The artists representing the Vatican are the Milan-based multimedia collective Studio Azzurro, the Czech photographer Josef Koudelka and the Australian-born painter Lawrence Carroll. MORE

Fri, 24 May 2013 10:02:00 GMT

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