You shall not pass- crossing borders at the Biennale

Immigration and boundaries are two of the most recurring themes explored in different pavilions of the Venice Biennale 2015. In recent years, Italy, like many other countries in Europe, has felt the pressure of an increasing number of immigrants arriving from the most disadvantaged zones of Africa and Middle East. Many families look to Europe to escape… Read More You shall not pass- crossing borders at the Biennale

#wanderanywhere – a glimpse of the grittier side of Venice

For our first day as volunteers at the East Midlands Biennale Pavillion, a part of our group followed Angeles (another volunteer at the EM15 exhibition) in order to discover The Hidden Histories of Venice through the Wander Anywhere App. Wander Anywhere is an App that allow people to follow specific pathways and discover the secret… Read More #wanderanywhere – a glimpse of the grittier side of Venice

Border relations at the Venice Biennale: should they prevail over transnationalism?

The most evident and troubling concerns with the Venice Biennale currently relate to how we deal, address and present border relations in an increasingly transnational and global world. Influential critics such as Robert Barry argue that in the art world transnationalism seems to be one of the essential qualities of whatever it  is we mean… Read More Border relations at the Venice Biennale: should they prevail over transnationalism?

“Sweet Death”, Guatemala’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

The decadence of contemporary society in its different expressions hits you straight to the heart from the very first sculpture in Guatemala’s Biennale pavilion “Sweet death” curated by Daniele Radini Tedeschi. “The dream of Italians” representing the corpse of Berlusconi created by Garullo&Ottocento with an expression of bliss in a coffin of clear glass, like… Read More “Sweet Death”, Guatemala’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale