55th Biennale di Venezia
Pavilion of Chile – Artiglierie dell’Arsenale

Alfredo Jaar’s site-specific installation, Venezia, Venezia is an evocative and critical intervention that questions how today’s culture can be adequately represented at the Venice Biennal.
It begins with a suspended 2.5 x 2.5 m lightbox photograph captures Lucio Fontana’s destroyed studio in 1946 on his return to Milan following the devastation of World War II.
Beyond this image, stairs lead the viewer over a bridge to an ominous pool of dark water; approximately every three minutes, the spectral embodiment of the Biennale breaks through the surface of the water and peers through just long enough to be recognised before it swiftly descends into the dark water and imminent obscurity. The artist has created a future where the Giardini have disappeared: in their brief emergence, they are a ghost from history, and the pool becomes an historical opportunity for rebirth.

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