The advantage of millennial artists and the representation of 69 countries: the Venice Biennale in numbers

The advantage of millennial artists and the representation of 69 countries: the Venice Biennale in numbers

During the press conference, the chief curator of the Venice Biennale Adriano Pedrosa announced the list of artists that will be presented at the exhibition in April 2024.

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Statistics from the conference were collected by the artistic publication ARTnews.

The main theme of the biennale is “Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners everywhere”, which is dedicated to foreigners, displacement and any manifestations of otherness from the environment. The exhibition will be divided into 2 parts: modern “Nucleo Contemporaneo” and historical “Nucleo Storico”.

The territory of the Venice Biennale. Photo: Andrea Avezzù.

All will participate in the Venice Biennale 331 participants. However, the total number of artists probably exceeds 400, because some artists gathered in collectives to represent their country.

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Oleksandr Burlaka, “Work”, visualization of an architectural installation made of metal and woven fabric. Photo: Ukrainian Pavilion.

The geography of the event unites the representatives close 69 countries.

Given that the Biennale focuses on the theme “Foreigners Everywhere”, determining the nationality of an artist can be a difficult task, as many artists were born in one country and died or live in another“, ARTnews journalists told.

The full list includes 17 European countries, including Great Britain, Italy, France and the former Czechoslovakia; 12 countries from East Asia, South Asia and Oceania, such as China, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and New Zealand; 11 countries from North Africa and the Middle East, including Egypt, Palestine and Saudi Arabia; 9 sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria, Angola and South Africa; 2 territories – Hong Kong and Puerto Rico.

Review of the exhibition by Edith Carlson, representative artist of Estonia. Photo: Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art (EKKM)

The youngest participant of the biennale is Joyce Zhumaa – 26 years old this year. Also two artists born in 1997, Noor Jauda and River Clore, participate in the Biennale not because of the student initiative College Arte. Together, the three artists became the only representatives of Generation Z at the exhibition.

Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, occupy a significant part of the exposition at the biennial, because their works will be presented 40 artists.

Among them, in particular, are representatives of the Ukrainian art association “Open group” (Anton Varga, Yuriy Biley and Pavlo Kovach Jr), who will represent Poland. This is also the team of the Ukrainian pavilion – artists Katya Buchashka, Andrii Dostlev and Lia Dostleva, Daniil Revkovskyi and Andrii Rachynskyi and Oleksandr Burlaka.

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39 artists and collectives will take part in a special section within the main exhibition dedicated to the “Archive of Defiance” – a video project founded by the Milanese curator Marco Scotini in 2005. It is built on the themes of the inseparability of artistic practices and politics from all over the world.

Part of the installation “Repeat after me” of the art association “Open Group”, which will present Poland. Photo: Open Group

Writings 112 artists will be presented in the “Nucleo Storico” part of the biennale, which focuses on modernism from the Global South and will include works created between 1905 and 1990. In this part, each artist will be represented by only one work.

ARTnews noted that the oldest participant of the Venice Biennale turns 100 this year: “1924. It was in this year that the oldest living participant, an Italian artist from Montevideo, was born Linda Cohen, which means that she will be 100 years old this year. Six other deceased artists were born in 1924: Inji Efflatun, Ram Kumar, Bertina Lopez, Francis Newton Sousa, Armodio Tamayo, and Horacio Torres

Anna Sapon’s carpet in the process of creation, from the “Sincere Greetings” project by Katya Buchatska. Photo: Oleksandr Popenko.

The number of artists whose works are presented posthumously is 55% of the official list of artists. Among 118 artists, 47 were born in the 19th century, he was the oldest of them Eliseu Viscontiwho was born in Italy in 1866 and died in Brazil in 1944.

Ukraine at the Venice Biennale

They became the curators of the Biennale-2024 national pavilion Maksym Horbatsky and Victoria Bavykina (Ukrainian Photography NGO) and their project “Weaving Nets”.

The exhibition of the Ukrainian pavilion is inspired by the practice of collective weaving of camouflage nets and is dedicated to support and cooperation between people. With the help of joint actions, Ukrainian society opposes Russian aggression. “Weaving of Nets” presents the works of Ukrainian artists — Katya Buchatska, Andrii Dostlev and Lia Dostleva, Daniil Revkovsky and Andriy Rachinsky and Oleksandr Burlaka.

A total of 4 projects will be presented: the architectural installation “Robot”, which will also act as a space for all projects, the documentary film “Civil. Invasion”, projects “Sincere greetings” and “Comfort Work”.

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