My 7 exhibitions to see in Venice during the 2017 Biennale
Personal Structures: Open Borders / Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Moro
If you don’t have time to do the official Biennale but want something very similar, for free, go see this vast exhibition on the theme “Open Borders” curated by the European Cultural Center / GAA Foundation through two of their palazzi, with over 200 artists displayed – many of whom are young and still unknown. The works are loosely grouped around reflections about time, space and existence, rather than being forced to fit into a singular narrative. The exhibition reflects the organizing entity’s founding goal of creating a platform for dialogue amongst artists, cultural exchange and international mobility in the arts. The stand-out work IMO? Raffy Napay’s Will it play its wrath on earth, or nurture our survival is a hand-embroidered, immersive paradisiacal garden that is a joy to experience.
Also worthy of note is Simhyang’s discreet multi-layered embroidery on paper that, in a weird Korean way, this has a je-ne-sais-quoi of Giorgone to it, and I’m seeing a thread theme that sews its way over to the main Biennale exhibit. By ARTTRAV - Alexandra Korey