About the Pavilion: Time (Time) Time

Uruguayan Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 22, 2013 4:07AM

As a carpenter, I used to build cartwheels in my youth; years later I found myself breaking what I did before…— Wifredo Díaz Valdéz

Wifredo Díaz Valdéz worked mainly with wooden objects found in his surroundings, among which are cartwheels, doors, doorframes, wine barrels, string instruments, carving utensils, bowls, kitchen boards, lamp stands, etc. He studied the wood and the human interventions that have transformed it into utilitarian artefacts at the same time that he examined how wood and utilitarian objects transform in, and with, time. He dissected and observes the organic qualities inherent in the wood and its relationship with light—the role of photosynthesis and the effects of the passing of time—at the same time that he contemplated the historical and cultural contexts through which wood is transformed into artefacts for several uses. 

Images courtesy of Diego Vidart, Montevideo © Artist.

Uruguayan Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale