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April 23, 2007

52nd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia


Migration Addicts

ddm warehouse :: 52nd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia :: Migration Addicts, Curated by Biljana Ciric, Karin Gavassa :: Urban interventions, Venice :: June 6 -15, 2007 :: Opening party (by invitation) on June 7th 2007, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., at Orange Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, Campo Santa Margherita, featuring Rizman Putra The Hyperbolic Alpha Male performance, and Giorgio Pulini aka RACH3 live dj set.

Migration Addicts began as an ongoing project two years ago in Shanghai, investigating how migration re-determines issues related to human identity, gender and spiritual needs. The fast expansion of urban spaces, following the model of big cities, has led to new social conflicts within the social structure. Recently the tension between Western and Chinese traditional values and lifestyles, as well as the late arriving of capitalism and the persisting communism, have not hindered the Chinese impulse towards assimilating the “international standards”, while fostering its own economic development.

The project is touching upon topics which concern not only Shanghai but many other expanding Asian and Western cities. The structure of the exhibition is based on a series of interventions that will take place throughout the public space in Venice, articulating new perspectives entrenched directly in the urban environment, and methodologically operating in time and in space.

The exhibition investigates the questions of temporal and spatial strategies which deal with this situation. On political and aesthetic levels, these projects interact with people from outside artistic circles opening to the encounter with the unknown viewer, expanding the idea of art and its experience, to continue an engagement with the public sphere.

Venice is currently undergoing profound changes with respect to the urban landscape and its own future depends on the new structure it undertakes. More and more Venetians are leaving the lagoon to settle in other towns. In the next 30-40 years, it is certain that Venice’s population will be dramatically reduced.

The artists participating in Migration Addicts face through their own culture and artistic practices the topic of migration, providing a direct relationship with the public space where the exhibition is hosted, reflecting on the peculiarities of the territory, investigating differences and possible points in common.

Participating artists and sites: Htein Lin, (Myanmar), Campo San Barnaba; Jin Shan, (China), Campo San Polo; Li Pinghu, (China), Campo San Salvatore; Huang Kui, (China), Campo San Maurizio; Miljohn Ruperto, (Philippines / USA), Campo Sant’Angelo; Josefina Posch, (Sweden / USA), Campo Santo Stefano; Mogas Station, (Vietnam), Cultural Association Aurora Street, Caffè Aurora, Piazza San Marco, 48,49,50; TODO, (Italy), the town - starting point at Chiostro Ex Chiesa Santi Cosma e Damiano, Giudecca, 620; Belén Cerezo, (Spain), Campo San Bortolomio; Yap Sau Bin, (Malaysia), Cultural Association Aurora Street, Caffè Aurora, Piazza San Marco, 48,49,50; Hasan Elahi, (Bangladesh / USA), Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro, 3054; Rizman Putra, (Singapore), Orange Restaurant & Champagne Lounge, Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro, 3054.

Presented and organized by ddm warehouse, Shanghai, China

Collaborator: Vision

Sponsors: New Margin Ventures, ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, Creative Capital Foundation, Oriental Vista Art Collections, CCAA, N.O. Gallery-CONTEMPORARY ART, Milano.

Media partners: DROME magazine, www.ionly.com.cn, art in culture, Art China
Art World, universes-in-universe.de, art.mofile.com, and art monthly.

Special thanks: Cultural Association Aurora Street, Caffè Aurora, Venezia; Stefano Coletto and the Atelier of Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia; Galleria d’Arte Santo Stefano, Venezia.

Please check http://www.ddmwarehouse.org for updates.

For more information please contact: biljana.ciric[at]gmail.com or karin.gavassa[at]gmail.com

Posted by jo at April 23, 2007 08:51 AM