Blog : La Biennale Di Venezia

Experiments with enough – Day 83

Experiments with enough – Day 83

Oh my biennale what a day. I spent most of the day at Giardini exploring pavilions and later following people around ‘discreetly’ (ahem) photographing their tote bags (as you do).

I walked for hours and hours and hours and absorbed so much art it somehow neutralised my tiredness for most of the day.

Being a semi-heathen in the world of art, my mind became absorbed with perhaps less conventional aspects of the event. Like the percentage of art-speak in curatorial statements and work descriptions (thankfully going down), multi-dimensional ways of telling stories ( I loved the Finalnd pavilion’s moving projections and talking projector characters and the Greek story set in a maze while walking through the maze and becoming part of the story), people’s patterns through the artworks and the sheer number of different tote bags that were being given out. I was also mesmerised by various artworks which I wrote separately about and which left me mulling for the rest of the day.

The highlight of my day was definitely meeting Ernesto Neto and telling him just how wonderful his ‘Um Sagrado Lugar’ is and the absolutely amazing experience I had in there. I got a little bit emotional there if I’m honest.

The evening involved some spritz and lots of walking around to find mythical parties organised by some of the pavilions. We heard stories from some of the Maltese artists about an amazing Spanish party the night before and everyone wanted a taste of the shenanigans. Sadly the walking did not get us to a party. It did however land us right in front of the most amazing pizza takeaway in the whole of Venice which ended my night in absolute yumminess.

Experiments with enough – Day 82

Experiments with enough – Day 82

Homo Melitensis day. Early start, trek from Mestre to the Arsenale which involved a bus and a great long walk from Piazzale Roma. I managed not to get lost thanks to Google Maps which was great. The Arsenale approach was marked with a long queue of people waiting to get in and a very penis-looking arrow pointing to it.

Inside was an assault of artworks. My eyes moved quickly from one piece to the other, stopping for slightly longer here and there but in general trying to make it through to see the Malta pavilion as quickly as possible. I found some works impossible to walk by though and many others had the same walking pattern, it seems that what pulls us humans in initially is quite similar.

Seeing Homo Melitensis live after close to three months of seeing bits was a wonderful experience. Setup team Tom, Martina and Aaron (with Bettina, Raphael and Jon the designer) did a really impressive job putting the whole thing up. It’s an intricate exhibition full of tiny corners, made up out of the 19 chapters that each work as standalone pieces.

It’s a nod to our identity as Maltesers, one that looks from outside and within, with both a critical eye and a lot of love.

Launch events happened at both the stand and at a palazzo where interior designer of Maltese origin Francis Sultana hosted very fabulous drinks.

By the evening I was shattered and headed home quite early, hoping to manage to have a good look around tomorrow.