Verba volant scripta manent-‘spoken words fly away, written words remain’

No other phrase is truer that this ancient proverb in Latin, which is suitable to describe the huge amount of written records preserved in the Archivio di Stato of Venice. Although Venice is beautiful and her politic and artistic history is visible and touchable stone-by-stone wandering in her hundreds of white bridges, the Archivio di… Read More Verba volant scripta manent-‘spoken words fly away, written words remain’

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?

Looking for the Tetrarchs: Venice & Antiquity, and the antiquity of Venice’s History

I have just finished my degree in Ancient HIstory, and after having studied the Tetrarchy (‘rule of four’) in my third year of university,  seeing the statue of the four Tetrarchs was at the top of my list of ‘things to see’. So I took some time off working at the EM15 Pavillion to hunt… Read More Looking for the Tetrarchs: Venice & Antiquity, and the antiquity of Venice’s History