The Venice Biennale provides an amazing art overload for the visitor and so I thought it would be nice to take the time to revisit the 2013 version which i visited in September. Which works left a lasting impression? Which artists were googled after coming home?
A Lisbon ferry was brought to Venice by the Portugese contemporary artist Joana Vasconcelos to address what Lisbon and Venice have in common in their history: water and navigation. The sides of the boat were covered with blue and white tiles depicting a contemporary view of Lisbon’s skyline and on the deck a textile and light installation was shown for the 55th Biennale visitors.
Joana Vasconcelos is currently showing in the Manchester Art Gallery till 1st of June (‘Time Machine‘) and it all looks extremely colourful and exuberant. She basically takes over the whole space, inside and outside, to offer a highly personal critique on contemporary society by highlighting issues such as the status of women, class distinction and national identity .
The highlight of the exhibition is the world premiere of a new textile work that has been commissioned as a site-specific installation for the gallery’s staircase. ‘Britannia’ is a fabric patchwork that weaves together knitting and crochet with fine silk, cotton velvets, recycled clothes and industrially produced textiles embellished with Portuguese tassels, crystals and beads.Also her stunning sculpture ‘The Bride’ – a 5m high chandelier made of 25,000 tampons – which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2005 looks stunning in this majestic gallery space.
This exhibition looks like a colourful journey into the extravagant world of Joana Vasconcelos!