Nearly half of the participants are female artists; a really important achievement considering that statistics demonstrate that the fight for gender equality is still a considerable problem (as Maura Reilly point out in her Curatorial Activism 2018). We will find the English Cathy Wilkes who deals with aesthetic, cultural and social prejudices of the dominant thought. The Chilean Voluspa Jarpa, whose works question Europe, its history and its commercial expansion. The two Swiss artists Renate Lorenz and Pauline Boudry with the installation Moving Backwards about gender; Renate Bertlmann for Austria whose works of art challenge power and gender stereotypes. The photographer and activist Zanele Muholi, already shown at the Luma Foundation in France and KYOTOGRAPHIE 2017 in Japan, who reports the representation of black women in the history of art.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby, And We Begin To Let Go, 2013. Acrylic, charcoal, pastel, marble dust, collage and transfers on paper, 213.4 x 266.7 cm © Njideka Akunyli Crosby; Courtesy of the artist, Victoria Miro and David Zwirner; Photo: Jason Wyche
The young Nigerian painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby who shows a world of shadows and dreams, or the Japanese Mari Katayama who claims another idea of beauty, seduction, desire through her images. The South African Tracey Rose, the Latvian Daiga Grantiņa, the Pakistani Naiza Khan… And this is just a non-exhaustive list of the richness and quality of the artists participating to this edition.
Mari Katayama, Cannot Turn the Clock Back #005, 2017. C-Print (150 x 100 cm). Courtesy of Mari Katayama, rin art association © Mari Katayama
This international event is the largest art exhibition in the world and still remains the most beautiful. A multitude of collateral events and exhibitions throughout Venice make this event a unique moment of artistic vitality in one of the most extraordinary cities in the world. There is nothing else to do but discover the Biennale and enjoy this amazing city.
The 58th Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia)
Date: May 11th – November 26th, 2019
Text: Ilaria Peretti