The Icelandic Pavilion: Invigilators’ Guide to the Biennale 2022

The Guide consists of six articles which were researched and written by our pavilion invigilators whilst being based in Venice. Scroll down to see the overview of the variety of articles which each go their own journey  through the curatorial choices of Cecilia Alemani as well as reflect on the different national participations. 

Eyja Orradóttir

Films at the 59th Biennale: Fit for the White Cube or the Silver Screen?

The article looks into the different ways the video format is used in this year’s Biennale Arte and the varying ways the viewer interacts with different formats. ​​​​​​​

The Relevance and Influence of Wall Texts in Art Exhibitions

Looking at the influence wall texts have on our interpretation of art works. The article mentions particularly the work of Zheng Bo, P. Staff and Marianna Simnett whose work span a range of different political issues and share being interpreted often as containing “sensitive content” in one way or another.

Eva Lín Vilhjálmsdóttir

Social structures examined at the Venice Biennale 2022

A look into global social structures. In her article she looks at the Sami pavilion, previously the Nordic pavilion, and the significance of the fact that Sámi artists haven’t been well represented at the biennale until this year.

Posthumanism and Cyborgs in the Milk of Dreams

Eva took a sip of the milk of dreams and went on a theoretical trip focusing on the work of exhibiting artists at La Biennale Arte this year. Eva makes innovative connections to the subthemes of cyborgs and posthumanism in the exhibition with more popular artists such as Björk and Arca, even to model Bella Hadid.

Sunna Axels

Non-binary & Non-gender-conforming Manifestations at La Biennale 2022

Sunnaesearched the queer and non-binary narratives which are to be found in this year’s edition of La Biennale Arte which predominantely exhibits female artists. In the article Sunna ventures deeper into the exhibitions of the Romanian, Danish and New Zealandic national participations.

Hjördís Björk Hjartardóttir

La Biennale Captures the Current Zeitgeist for Indigenous Voices to be Heard, but Are We Really Listening?

In the article she reflects on her own European and white privilege. Hjördís contemplates on the dynamics between Indigineous cultures and settler societies, the history of the biennial format tracing back to Expositions Internationale and World Art Fairs and their dark past.

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