I didn’t really know what to expect when entering the Giardini gates. Hundreds of people swarmed around us all looking equally confused holding maps. It was quite like entering a strange dream land where some passer-byes were even obscure performance artists. This was art Mecca.
Top three shows
1. The Dutch Pavilion.
Herman de Vries show presents an almost childlike attitude towards natural processes and found objects. It’s beauty in the show was its sense of naivety and the desire just to show what he had found in a simplistic presentation. The show titled ‘to be all ways to be’ is telling a story of human existence and the many paths they may take using all senses such as touch, smell, and hearing.
2. The Greek Pavilion
The show ‘Why Look at Animals’ by Maria Papadimitriou is a reconstructed shop from the past that was transferred from the city of Volos. The shop used to sell animal hides and leather. When entering the show you are instantly transported into this almost eerie workshop. Every detail was fascinating, from animal skins pinned to the walls to a child’s drawing in the shop office, it just made you want to look. This work presents the questionable relationship between humans and animals, it echoes politics, history ethics and aesthetics.
3. The Canadian Pavilion.
The work in the Canadian Pavilion is by BGL ‘Canadassimo’ the collective uses extravagance and humour in their work. As you approach the Pavilion you instantly notice that they have constructed a convenience store. When entering it seems rather normal until you look closer and the branding and wording on the groceries are blurred, as though you are either drunk or dreaming. As you enter the next room you are bombarded with hundreds of paint cans in a ‘workshop’. The top floor has a mechanical mechanism made out of recycled metals. Everything in this show seems delightfully crazy, however collectives fascination with humanity and the need to collect objects echoes North Americas eccentric character of junk collecting and ‘unproductivity’.