The Biennale of Venice, Reportage | Stavros Bonatsos
Venice, 2005. A traveler penetrates the exhibition space, the house of art. He roams the town that participates in its entirety in the event of the Biennale. A city abundant of memories, but at the same time willing to risk the challenge of rejuvenation. The result is an interactive artistic reportage.
The traveler becomes a collector. He returns home having packed the works he chose in the suitcases of his mind. He becomes an alchemist; he alters the materials, experimenting in front of our eyes and changing the elements of the works he saw at the Biennale. He processes photos he took of the works he saw and of the city-scenes he watched. He creates images of images -usually in square frames- producing works that comment works, consisting of those which he communicated better with, but also of those that stimulated his creativity.
In times when organizers of exhibitions declare that their goal is the interaction with the audience, Bonatsos’ gesture comprises an interaction elevated to a clearly creative level.
In a corner of the exhibition, there are road signs that depict the Grand Masters of the past, from El Greco to Van Gogh, who are watching us. They are the silent witnesses with which Bonatsos and all the other contemporary artists of the Biennale must compete.
Opening: Monday, February 13, 20:30
Duration: 13.2 – 12.3.2006
Hours: 14:00 - 21:00 Monday - Sunday
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