CONTEMPORARY ART FROM LIECHTENSTEIN AND OTHER MICROSTATES
Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
Liechtenstein’s first presence at la Biennale Arte 2015 with young artists from Liechtenstein, Iceland, Luxembourg and Montenegro
24 October – 1 November 2015, 10am – 6pm
Opening: 23 October 2015, 6 pm
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Campo
S. Agnese – Dorsoduro 810, Venice
Vaporetto Stop: Zattere / Accademia
Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir
Karolina Markiewicz & Pascal Piron
The Liechtenstein art association Kunstverein Schichtwechsel is inviting young artists from the European microstates Iceland, Luxembourg, Montenegro and Liechtenstein to engage in dialogue and work together. Within the framework of the Collateral Event The Silver Lining they will focus on past events and question how these events have shaped their current living situations.
The starting point is Walter Benjamin’s text, On The Concept of History, in which he describes the history of humanity as a “chain of events”, events which retrospectively take on the appearance of a single catastrophe. Despite this growing “pile of debris”, humanity’s desire for progress drives us inexorably, blindly into the future.
Benjamin wrote the text in 1939 at the onset of the Second World War, which forced him to flee as a result of his heritage and led him to commit suicide a year later. His sombre view of the world is challenged by alternative views on events by young artists – events which have inspired them and have positively shaped their lives and the lives of those around them. A particular focus is the influence of coming from or living in a small country. The artists’ subjective and critical perspectives provide a glimpse into life in a microstate and simultaneously address the process of constructing history.
The artists are on site for the duration of the ten-day Collateral Event and will develop their work during this time. They will present their artistic practice within a programme involving short talks, feedback discussions and performances.
The exhibition The Silver Lining, curated by the art association Kunstverein Schichtwechsel, will be housed in the Palazzo Trevisan courtesy of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, also home to the Salon Suisse.
Laura Hilti, Luis Hilti, Annett Höland, Flurina Seger
Friedemann Malsch, Thomas Soraperra
Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture of the Principality of Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein Cultural Foundation
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia (providing the exhibition space at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi)
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