Latin American Pavilion – 55th Biennale di Venezia. June 1st – November 24th 2013

Latin American Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 24, 2013 8:45PM

Pavilion of Latin America-IILA (Italo-Latin American Institute)at the 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia

June 1st – November 24th 2013

Isolotto dell'Arsenale, Venice

Opening: Friday May 31st 2013 at 4.30 pm

IILA (Italo-Latin American Institute), International Organism, is proud to present its own Pavilion dedicated to Latin America at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, dedicated to the interrelationships between Europe and Latin America and to the dynamics of the relationships in cultural exchanges between artists of both continents.

This year, from June 1st to November 24th in Venice, the IILA and its institutional partner Goethe-Institut proposes an exhibition inside the big venue of Isolotto dell’Arsenale, which becomes an Atlas where Latin American and European art debate and confront each other, by way of the deep impact of increasing mutual enrichment of their own cultural identities.

For that reason, the Pavilion of Latin America-IILA, which has a distinguished Curator, Alfons Hug, a co-curator, Paz Guevara, and Sylvia Irrazábal – Chief of Cultural Department of IILA - as Commissioner, is entitled “El Atlas del Imperio” (“The Atlas of the Empire”) and explores new geopolitical aspects of contemporary art in the experience of cross-fertilization between Latin American and European artists.  

The main theme takes inspiration from the literary simile of the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges who describes, in his tale “On Exactitude in Science”, the attempt of the Cartographers to draw “(…) a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it (…)”, from the writing and thoughts of great Carlos Fuentes and from "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino. Theexhibition “El Atlas del Imperio” at the 55th International Art Exhibition– la Biennale di Venezia pretends to be an occasion for artists to re-draw their own symbolic cartography, which is less concerned with topographical precision than with making selective observations of seemingly irrelevant details in interpersonal relationships, or of the baneful conditions in the present.

This dynamic exchange intensified further in contemporary art. Some of the best Latin American artists now live in Europe, where they are sometimeseven regarded as representatives of their new home. Conversely, severalrenowned European artists chose to live and work in Latin America.

The Pavilion of Latin America - IILA explores this new geopolitical aspect of contemporary art. The artists invited to reflect on this theme are: Guillermo Srodek-Hart (Argentina), Sonia Falcone (Bolivia), Juliana Stein (Brazil), León & Cociña (Chile), François Bucher (Colombia), Lucía Madriz (Costa Rica), Humberto Díaz (Cuba), Miguel Alvear and Patricio Andrade (Ecuador), Simón Vega (El Salvador), Marcos Agudelo (Nicaragua), Jhafis Quintero (Panama), Fredi Casco (Paraguay), David Zink Yi (Peru), Collective Quintapata (Dominican Republic), Martín Sastre (Uruguay), Susana Arwas (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).

In addition, because IILA's institutional aims include promoting culturalrelations between Latin America, Italy and Europe, the exhibition project includes Luca Vitone (Italy), Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann (Germany/Brazil), Christian Jankowski, German artist linked to Latin America.

Latin American Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale