Wednesday, July 11, 2007

52nd Venice International Art Biennale

Friday 8th June - Seen at the Giardini, Empress Farah Pahlavi. Farah Diba has always been interested in art; she is a promoter of art and women emancipation. Her favorite artist in the Biennale is El Anatsui.

Friday 8th June – Arsenale: Think with the Senses – Feel with the mind. Art in the Present Tense – El Anatsui. El Anatsui is one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists of his generation. His gigantic wall hangings are made from thousands of pieces of re-cycled materials. Anatsui weaves the debris of consumer excess into monumental tapestries in the tradition of West African textiles, subverting notions of tradition and modernity and prompting us to re-examine what makes up the fabric of our lives.

A Detail: of El Anatsui tapestry, entitled Ducasa I made with discarded aluminum and copper Wire, stitching.

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