I adore this kind of tiredness and artistic overload that La Biennale d'Arte in Venice can offer. It's always so inspiring, touching, engaging.

This year's theme - Strangers everywhere - not only gave the possibility to discover different ways of thinking and portraying reality but also raised so many things to reflect on and learn from.

Sometimes I'm mostly interested in the technical aspects of works of art, the colors, the mood. Other times I feel an urge to know everything about the artist or the historical and sociological background of the project. And it's so great to feel stimulated, intrigued and educated by the art.

It's really hard to pick just a couple of favorites but I spent a lot of time at the Italian exhibition Due qui/To Hear by Massimo Bartolini. I was fascinated by the whole experience of sound and the meditative movements of Conveyance - a kind of sculpture with rising and falling conical wave.

When it comes to sound, I also think about the very touching Polish exhibition, created by Open Group. Watching people repeat the sounds of war after the refugees, in a karaoke manner, was truly powerful.

The surreal and fragile nature of fruit and household objects in the Japanese pavilion (Compose by Yuko Mohri) made me smile, and sitting inside a giraffe (and feeling like I was in a universe created by Michel Gondry) in the Czech pavilion made me melancholic (The heart of a giraffe in captivity is twelve kilos lighter by Eva Koťátková).

The International Celebration of Blasphemy and The Sacred in the Netherlands pavilion stayed in my mind for a very long time. The sculptures made of cacao were not sweet at all...

The music and ambiance of the French pavilion were dreamy and soothing (although the subject was much more than just creating ambiance). Big bravo to Julien Creuzet for his poetic project Attila cataracte ta source aux pieds des pitons verts finira dans la grande mer gouffre bleu nous nous noyâmes dans les larmes marées de la lune!

As you can see, the list is very long. And long were the Venetian prosecco nights when we discussed all of this.

Bisou bisou, Jo 🖤

Photos: Joanna Gniady

<-- Back