tiny sculptures

Marco Tirelli‘s impressive but tiny architectural sculptures.

back to reality

Impressive photographs by Mário Macilau at the Vatican Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia. Nine large black and white photographs of street children taken in his hometown Maputo, capital of Mozambique. In a completely dark environment you are a silent witness to their daily survival routines.

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out of bounds

Thousands of coal sacks on both sides of the outdoor corridor wall of the Arsenale di Venezia. An installation called Out of Bounds by Ibrahim Mahama from Ghana . The sagging walls are made of jute coal sacks, metal tags and jute ropes. Together they form a dramatic backdrop when you enter the Arsenale. The sacks are produced in Southeast Asia and are still used in the markets in Ghana mainly for cocoa. The cocoa trade connects Ghana to the rest of the world. The names of companies, owners and products are visible on the sacks and give you a sense of the hard labor involved in the cocoa trade.

elements of desire

In Venice I spotted my favourite blue combined with super brand icons that create a new time frame of life. Elements of Desire by Joseph Klibansky at Bonnet/Van der Sluis Gallery, Campo Santo Stefano.

let’s play ball

The Last Judgement, 2015, by London-based artist Samson Kambalu, born in Malawi. Four hundred footballs plastered with pages of The Bible. As a visitor of the Venice Biennale you are allowed to choose a Holy ball and play your own sacred game on the field.

the key in the hand

the key in the hand

The Key in the Hand by Chiharu Shiota, the Japan Pavilion at the 56th Biennale di Venezia. A maze of more than 50.000 keys which were collected the past months with a donation campaign from across the world. Each key represents a memory, a story, a door to an unknown world.

The keys are held together by wool thread and form an impressive red rain cloud above two old boats. The boats symbolize two hands catching a rain of memories pouring down from the ceiling.

l’art brut

Japanese artist Shinichi Sawada, who is autistic, creates these magical, monstrous clay creatures. He obsessively twists clay into spikes and places these on the main body structure. Per creature he uses hundreds of prickly thorns.

straight

In 2008 Ai Weiwei made headlines for his quest to recover the truth about the number of student casualties after the Sichuan earthquake in China. His citizen’s investigation collected the names of all the victims, uncovering the truth about Chinese government’s corruption in hiding the actual facts. In 2011 Ai Weiwei was incarcerated for 81-days for his involvement in the investigation. After the quake 150 tons of steel rebar were recovered and straightened from the schools that collapsed. His rolling landscape installation (6×12 m) called Straight, at the Zuecca Project Space, for sure set some things straight.

bookworm

Book sculptures by Brazilian artist Odires Mlászho. The books flow together inspired by the möbius strip, without beginning or end.

photo safari

This made me smile at the 55th Biennale at Venezia. Photo Safari (2012) by Vladimir Peric at the Serbian pavilion. Wild animals made from used camera cases.

bang

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At first it seems confusing, German pavilion, Chinese artist, French pavilion. The German contribution at the 55th Biennale in Venice is an installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the French pavilion. Ai Weiwei has assembled 886 three-legged wooden stools. The stool was manufactured by a uniform method and was in use throughout China for centuries. Every family had at least one stool and was passed on from generation to generation. After the Cultural Revolution, aluminium and plastic have superseded wood as the standard material for furniture. The tree-legged wooden stool is slowly but surely disappearing.

dutch pavilion

compositionblue

Enjoying myself at the 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. In the Dutch pavilion I found this Composition with Blue by Mark Manders, 2013, wood, painted wood, painted epoxy 13.5 x 23 x 33.5 cm.