May 15, 2015
Venice Biennale: Vita Vitale — Paul Huxley at the Azerbaijan Pavilion
Artwise, 05/15/2015


Venice Biennale: Vita Vitale — Paul Huxley at the Azerbaijan Pavilion
Artwise, 05/15/2015

The official Azerbaijan Pavilion for the 56th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2015

Vita Vitale (Vital Life) considers how human activity impacts upon the delicate balance of our planet’s ecosystem, and the repercussions for our future survival. Illuminating the ways in which we have transformed the planet, the exhibition explores the effects of plastic pollutants, mass consumerism, climate change, depleting resources, deteriorating landscapes, rising sea levels, and endangered species. While some of the exhibition’s artists and scientists directly address environmental concerns, others do so more laterally. However, they all challenge us to confront the potential dangers of ignoring the messages that Vita Vitale conveys, while simultaneously suggesting creative tools and ideas for change.

Exhibiting Artists: Edward Burtynsky, Mircea Cantor, Loris Cecchini, Gordon Cheung, Khalil Chishtee, Tony Cragg, Laura Ford, Noémie Goudal, Siobhán Hapaska, Paul Huxley, IDEA Laboratory and Leyla Aliyeva, Chris Jordan with Rebecca Clark and Helena S.Eitel, Tania Kovats, Aida Mahmudova, Sayyora Muin, Jacco Olivier, Julian Opie, Julian Perry, Mike Perry, Bas Princen, Stephanie Quayle, Ugo Rondinone, Graham Stevens, Diana Thater, Andy Warhol, Bill Woodrow, Erwin Wurm, Rose Wylie

Commissioner: Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Baku, Azerbaijan

Created by: IDEA Campaign, supported by SOS – Save Our Species

Curators: Artwise - Susie Allen, Laura Culpan, Dea Vanagan

Exhibition consultant: Emin Mammadov, Art Advisor of the Heydar Aliyev Centre

Italian Coordinator of both Azerbaijan exhibitions: PDG Arte Communications, Carlotta Scarpa

IDEA Laboratory: Rachel Armstrong, ecoLogicStudio, Julian Melchiorri, Mike Perry, Studio Swine

Scientific curator: Professor of Experimental Architecture, Newcastle University and 2010 Senior TED Fellow, Rachel Armstrong

Technical and logistical consultant & coordination: PARTNER Culture+Projects GmbH, Horst Campman

AV technical direction: KS Objectiv, Simeon Corless

Press: ARTPRESS – Barbara Green & Wayra Schübel; STUDIO ESSECI – Roberta Barbaro

Venue: Ca’Garzoni, Calle del Tragheto o Garzoni, San Marco 3416, 30124 Venezia

9 May – 22 November 2015

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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