Saturday, May 14, 2011

Venice Biennale, the World's Fair of Art, Opens June 4 + Ballpark Food

The collabrative performance art team of Allora & Calzadilla, from Puerto Rico, 
will represent the USA at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Above their prop for:
“Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on ‘Ode to Joy’ for a Prepared Piano”

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The Venice Biennale
The Venice Biennale is one of the most prestigious contemporary arts festivals in the world, showing paintings, sculpture and architecture in pavilions from 70 nations, located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Venice, Italy. Art-lovers and the jet set crowd from around the world make a pilgrimage to the Biennale every two years.

The selection of the artist for the US Pavilion is a political process handled by our State Department. Even though most politicians would prefer to exhibit prints of themselves in front a fireplace with their dogs, they are usually persuaded to present art from America's stable of talented contemporary artists.

Artists Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla

Photo Credit: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Click below for the The New York Times slide show link:
This year the U.S. choice was for Allora & Calzadilla, a team of performance artists who will represent several firsts for the USA at this fair: the first artists from the US Territory of Puerto Rico (Ms. Allora, 37, was born in Philadelphia, and Mr. Calzadilla, 40, was born in Havana but moved to Puerto Rican when he was a small child); the first time a performance artist has been chosen; the first time an artistic team has collaborated on the art; and one of the few times to have art which makes a strong statement of opinion (something most countries would never allow, but which represents one of America's most important advantages, our Freedom of Speech). Recent U.S. Venice Biennale exhibitions have been more restrained, ie: an edited retrospective of Bruce Nauman's work in 2009 and an installation on Black History prepared by Fred Wilson in 2003.

The US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Allora & Calzadilla were selected through the diligence of Lisa Freiman, the senior curator of contemporary art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Starting after the last Biennale in 2009, Lisa asked Barbara Gladstone, the famous Chelsea Arts District dealer who represents the artists in the U.S., to introduce her to the pair. The meeting went well and Freiman started working on her 95 page proposal which was passed through a chain of Federal Advisory Committees for review, competing with proposals from other curators, before the final list of a few recommendations was sent on to the current administration for their selection or rejection. It is a wonder this process ever results in a selection.

Allora and Mr. Calzadilla have created six works for their performance pieces at the 2011 Venice Biennale's U.S. Pavilion (which is very much like a World's Fair pavilion). Four of the works will be: 1.) an upside down decommissioned 1945 tank, with an exercise treadmill mounted on the top, where US athletes will, at regularly scheduled times, run on the actual treads of the tank to exercise; 2.) Pipe organ pipes in a beautiful wooden case have been constructed above an ATM machine - as people check their balances or get cash, different musical melodies will sound on the pipe organ relating to every transaction or function of the ATM - the sound of commerce; 3.) A "bronze" statue reproducing Thomas Crawford’s classical female figure “Freedom Triumphant in War and Peace” will be improving her patina lying in her spa like tanning bed; 4.) A wooden recreation of American Airline's Business Class seats made for long flights, which convert into beds, will be used by gymnasts as a base for performing handstands and athletic feats of gymnastics. All of these works conjuring up associations and anxieties and the viewer's opinion completes the work of art. The performance aspect of this year's exhibition should draw huge crowds and all of these obtuse comments on contemporary society will create what art is supposed to create - a conversation with many different opinions.

Allora & Calzadilla are a couple who met in 1995 as college students studying abroad in Florence. They have been living and working together ever since. Their daughter, Isa, is 16 months old. Mr. Calzadilla works on the conceptual ideas and Ms. Allora works on the performance aspects of their projects. A show at the Tate Modern, London in 2003 put them on the artistic map.

In 2008 the artists created a performance piece for the Museum of Modern Art in NYC which continued for a month. “Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on ‘Ode to Joy’ for a Prepared Piano” In this work they removed the center strings and cut a hole in the top of a grand piano. They hired a musician to play "Ode to Joy" on the outside keys, in this reverse position, as he also pushed the piano on wheels around the room. 
The Venice Biannale is a very prestigious honor for any artist and its seems we will always be surprised, challenged and often amused by the work of Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla.

press release: Allora & Calzadilla will create new site-specific works that will "analyze contemporary geopolitics through the lens of spectacular nationalistic and competitive enterprises such as the Olympic Games, international commerce, war, the military-industrial complex and even the Biennale itself".
The 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale will take place in 2011, directed by the art historian and critic Bice Curiger - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Pavillion - Gloria by Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla - Commissioner: Lisa D. Freiman. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini - Preview: 1-2-3 June 2011 - Official Opening: 3 June 2011 - Opening to the public: June 4 through November 27, 2011  A list of all nations participating will be at the end of this posting. Information Sources: The Venice Biannale's official website, the New York Times article on the Biannale, and MoMA's website.

Sports Stadium vendors
go over the top
It is baseball season and the boys of summer are giving America something to watch as a distraction from the heat. I came across this photo essay on what is being served at the sports stadiums around the country. Trust me, this is NOT health food, but it is like driving by a car wreck, you just have to look. These are the options at the sporting events and when nobody is looking and you're among friends, what the heck.
(AwesomeRobo!gets all of the credit for this list of Stadium Food served at a venue near you. 

  • 1. Baltimore Orioles Birdland Dog

  • As over the top as it gets, this hot dog is covered with charcoal grilled beef, potato hash, pepperoni, onion rings and tomato relish. This hot dog is about 3 courses in one.
  • 2. Cincinnati Reds Cheese Coney
  • A hot dog covered in special chili, a truckload of cheddar cheese, onions and mustard. My arteries are hardening at the sight of this delicious monster.

  • 3. Cleveland Indians Buffalo Mac And Cheese
    • The touch of Buffalo chicken elevates this to something nearly gourmet in comparison to other stadium foods.
  • 4. Colorado Rockies Rocky Mountain Oysters
    • This wins from a purely exotic standpoint. In case you didn't know what these nuggets of deep fried joy are, they are battered and deep fried bulls balls.
  • 5. Florida Marlins Paella
    • This Spanish rice and seafood dish is probably one of the last dishes you'd expect to be served at a ball game. Though super delicious, I have a hard time picturing someone eating this comfortably in a stadium seat.
  • 6. Detroit Lions Victory Knot
    • This is a behemoth 2 pound soft pretzel with three sauces covering all the flavor bases. Beer Cheese, spicy mustard and sweet cream cheese.
  • 7. Illinois Gateway Grizzlies Luther Burger
    • Despite being in a minor league, these guys take their stadium food seriously, serving a gut bending offering of a thick bacon cheeseburger encased in a Krispy Kreme donut bun. Far and wide this is considered to be Baseball's Best Burger! 
  • 8. Memphis Redbirds BBQ Nachos
    • This signature item has helped the team secure a smattering of awards for the best concession. Take nachos, throw in some pulled pork shoulder, cheese and spices and you've got an award winner.
  • 9. Northwest Arkansas Naturals Funnel Dogs
    • The Naturals took two ballpark stables and Frankensteined them together, creating this sweet and savory deep fried corn dog substitute and its covered in powdered sugar to boot. 
  • 10. Philadelphia Phillies The Schmitter
    • It makes sense that the home of the Philly cheese steak would want a kicked up version sold at their home stadium. In addition to rib eye, cheese, and onions, there is also tomatoes, salami and a special sauce.
  • 11. Pittsburgh Pirates Primanti Brothers Sandwich
    • Served at PNC Park is the famous Primanti Brothers sandwich. Your choice of meats and veggies consists of this thick sandwich, and is also always topped with French fries, coleslaw, and tomatoes.
  • 12. San Francisco Giants Cha Cha Bowl
    • San Francisco is known for it s food, so it makes sense that one of the dishes served at AT&T Park would be more involved than your standard fare hot dog. The Cha Cha Bowl is a salad made of shredded pork, rice, beans, pineapple and zucchini. It is vibrant and rather healthy compared to the usual stadium offerings.
  • 13. Seattle Mariners Garlic Fries
    • This item is incredibly popular at the Seattle Mariners' field, and its pretty common to smell the garlic wafting from rows away. The piping hot fries are served sprinkled with garlic and parsley.
  • 14. St. Louis Cardinals Portobello Fries and Toasted Ravioli
  • Regular ravioli (below) would be a tricky dish to serve at a game. But once toasted, they make the perfect finger and marinara dipping food. As well as the ravioli, they server another fried finger food: The Portobello fries (above) are coated in Italian breadcrumbs and Romano cheese. These fries are served with a lemon garlic aioli dipping sauce.
  • 15. West Michigan Whitecaps Fifth Third Burger
    • This is not a hamburger. This is an artery hardening monster consisting of 5 1/3 pound ground beef, salsa, chili, chips, and cheese - all stuffed into a massive bun. At 5,000 calories and a $20 price tag, this burger is not messing around.

I have to end with something more healthy, Asparagus with Garlic.
  • Clean some asparagus and cut off tuff part of stems. Place asparagus on a cookie sheet and add a sprinkling of salt, pepper and olive oil, mix to coat, then spread evenly. Peel some garlic cloves and add to the pan. Bake in the oven at 300 degrees, uncovered for 30 munutes. If the garlic is not soft, remove asparagus and cook garlic another 10 minutes at 400. You will enjoy a burst of flavor from both - delicious asparagus with soft and sweet garlic. Serve along side of scrambled eggs. 
Until Later,

ARTSnFOOD, All rights reserved. Concept & Original Text © Copyright 2011 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

National Participation in the 2011 Venice Biennale:
Artists, Commissioners, Curators, and Venues

ALBANIA Geopathies
Anila Rubiku, Orion Shima, Gentian Shkurti, Eltjon Valle, Driant Zeneli
Commissioner: Parid Tefereçi. Curator: Riccardo Caldura. Venue: Spazio Rolak, Giudecca 211/b

Més enllà de la visió / Beyond vision
Helena Guàrdia Ribó, Francisco Sánchez Sánchez
Commissioner: Pedro de Sancristóval y Múrua. Deputy Commissioners: Joan Gil Gregório, Ermengol Puig Tàpies, Francesc Rodríguez Rossa. Curators: Paolo de Grandis, Josep M. Ubach Bernada. Venue: Chiesa di San Samuele, Campo San Samuelewww.

ARGENTINA Ahora estaré con mi hijo
Adrián Villar Rojas
Commissioners: Magdalena Faillace. Curator: Rodrigo Alonso. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale

ARMENIA, Republic of Manuals: Subjects of New Universality
Mher Azatyan, Grigor Khachatryan, Astghik Melkonyan
Commissioner: Viktor Mnatsakanyan. Curators: Ruben Arevshatyan, Vardan Azatyan, Nazareth Karoyan.Venue: Collegio Armeno Moorat Raphael, Ca’ Zenobio, Dorsoduro 2596

AUSTRALIA The Golden Thread
Hany Armanious
Commissioner: Doug Hall AM. Curator: Anne Ellegood. Deputy Commissioner: Simon Mordant. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Markus Schinwald
Commissioner: Eva Schlegel. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

AZERBAIJAN, Republic of Relational, of Baku
Mikayil Abdurahmanov, Zeigam Azizov, Khanlar Gasimov, Aga Ousseinov, Altay Sadikhzade, Aidan Salakhova
Commissioner/Curator: Chingiz Farzaliyev. Deputy Commissioner: Vittorio Urbani. Curator: Beral Madra.Venue: Palazzo Benzon, San Marco 3927

BANGLADESH, People’s Republic of
Tayeba Begum Lipi, Promotesh Das Pulak, Imran Hossain Piplu, Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty, Mahbubur Rahman
Commissioners: Tayeba Begum Lipi, Fiona Biggiero. Curators: Mary Angela Schroth, Paolo W. Tamburella.Venue: Gervasuti Fondation, Fondamenta S.Anna (Via Garibaldi),Castello 995

BELARUS, Republic of
Yury Alisevich, Artur Klinau, Kanstantsin Kastsiuchenka, Viktar Piatrou, Dzianis Skvartsou
Commissioner: Natalia Sharangovich. Curator: Mikhail Barazna. Venue: to be announced

Angel Vergara
Commissioner/Curator: Luc Tuymans. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

BRAZIL Artur Barrio: Registros + (Ex) Tensões y Pontos
Artur Barrio
Commissioner: Heitor Martins. Curators: Moacir dos Anjos, Agnaldo Farias. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini
BULGARIABond of Generation
Greddy Assa, Pavel Koichev, Houben Tcherkelov
Commissioner/Curator: Georges Luks. Venue: Palazzo Carminati, Santa Croce 1882

CANADA Steven Shearer : Exhume to Consume
Steven Shearer
Commissioner: National Gallery of Canada. Curator: Josee Drouin-Brisebois. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Gran Sur
Fernando Prats
Commissioner: Antonio Arévalo. Curator: Fernando Castro Flórez. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale
CHINA, People’s Republic of
Yuan Gong, Pan Gongkai, Liang Yuanwei, Yang Maoyuan, Cai Zhisong
Commissioner: Zhang Yu, Yan Dong China Arts & Entertainment Group. Curator: Peng Feng. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale

CONGO, Democratic Republic of L’Art et la Femme dans le nouveau Congo
Barly Baruti, Ange Bofenda, Huguette Diwampovesa, Dieudonné Kumindike, Ilanga Moli, Fifi Panzu
Commissioner: Rocky Makota Kayimbi. Venue: to be announced.

Luis Chacón, Francisco Córdoba, Silvia Fossati and Raffaella Rosa Lorenzo, Gianfranco Meggiato, Gavin Rain, Jaime David Tischler, Patrizio Travagli, Horst Uhlemann, Alec Von Bargen, Luca Zampetti
Commissioner/Curator: Francesco Elisei. Venue: Sant’Elena Campo della Chiesa 3

CROATIA One Needs to Live Self-Confidently... Watching
Antonio G. Lauer aka Tomislav Gotovac and BADco
Commissioners/Curators: What, How And for Whom/WHW. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale

Cuba mon amour
Alexandre Arrechea, Alessandro Busci, Yoan Capote, Felipe Cardeña, Duvier Del Dago, Giorgio Ortona, Alessandro Papetti, Eduardo Ponjuàn, Desiderio
Commissioner: Miria Vicini. Curator: Duccio Trombadori. Deputy Curator: Jorge Fernandez. Venue: Isola di San Servolo, Caserma Cornoldi

CYPRUS, Republic of
Temporal Taxonomy
Marianna Christofides, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering
Commissioner: Louli Michaelidou. Deputy Commissioner: Angela Skordi. Curator: Yiannis Toumazis. Venue: S. Marco 3198, second floor Palazzo Malipiero, Campo San Samuele

Dominik Lang
Commissioners: Petr Hnízdo, Vera Krejcová. Curator: Yvonna Ferencová. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Agency, Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, Robert Crumb, Zhang Dali, Stelios Faitakis, FOS, Sharon Hayes, Han Hoogerbrugge, Mikhail Karikis, Thomas Kilpper, Runo Lagomarsino, Tala Madani, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Taryn Simon, Jan Švankmajer, Johannes af Tavasheden, Tilman Wendland
Commissioners: The Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts: Christine Buhl Andersen (Chairman), Eva Koch, Mikael Andersen, Jakob Jakobsen, Gitte Ørskou (1 April 2007 – 31 March 2011) / Rune Gade (Chairman), Jesper Elg, Mads Gamdrup, Lise Harlev, Anna Krogh (1 April 2011 – 31 March 2015).Curator: Katerina Gregos. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

30 Days of Running in the Space
Ahmed Basiony
Commissioner: Shady El Noshokaty. Curator: Aida Eltorie. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

A Woman Takes Little Space
Liina Siib
Commissioner: Johannes Saar. Deputy Commissioners: Andris Brinkmanis, Elin Kard. Venue: Palazzo Malipiero (first floor), San Marco 3079

FINLAND And all structures are unstable 2011
Vesa-Pekka Rannikko
Commissioner/Curator: Laura Köönikkä. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Christian Boltanski
Commissioner: Institut Français. Curator: Jean-Hubert Martin. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

GEORGIA Any-Medium-Whatever
Tamara Kvesitadze
Commissioner: Paivi Tirkkonen. Curator: Henk Slager. Venue: Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina, Cannaregio 6103/A
GERMANY Christoph Schlingensief
Commissioner: Susanne Gaensheimer. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Commissioner: The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Curator: Maria Marangou. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Death and Fertility
Jean Hérard Celeur, André Eugène, Claude Saintilus
Commissioner/Curator: Daniele Geminiani. Commissioner: The Island. Deputy Curator: Leah Gordon.Scientific Committee: Donald John Cosentino, Leah Gordon. Venue: Riva Sette Martiri (until July 28th)
Haiti Kingdom of This World
Sergine André, Elodie Barthelemy, Mario Benjamin, Maksaens Denis, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Frankétienne, Guyodo, Sébastien Jean, Killy, Tessa Mars, Pascale Monnin, Paskö, Barbara Prézeau, Roberto Stephenson, Hervé Télémaque
Commissioner: Fonds de dotation Agnès B et Institut Français. Deputy Commissioner: Regine Estimé.Curator: Giscard Bouchotte. Scientific Committee: Carlo A. Célius and Edouard Duval-Carrié. Venue:Fondazione Querini (until July 31st)

Crash - Passive Interview
Hajnal Németh
Commissioner: Gábor Gulyás. Curator: Miklós Peternák. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Under Deconstruction
Libia Castro, Olafur Olafsson
Commissioner: Dorothée Kirch. Curator: Ellen Blumenstein. Venue: Palazzo Zenobio, Collegio Armeno Moorat-Raphael. Fondamenta del Soccorso, Dorsoduro 2596

INDIA Everyone Agrees: It’s About to Explode
Zarina Hashmi, Gigi Scaria, Praneet Soi, The Desire Machine Collective (Sonal Jain, Mriganka Madhukaillya)
Commissioner: Ranjit Hoskote. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale

Morteza Darehbaghi, Mohammad Mehdi Ghanbeigy, Monir Ghanbeigy, Mohsen Rastani
Commissioner: Mahmood Shalooei. Deputy Commissioner: Mojtaba Kalhor.  Venue: Palazzo Malipiero, San Marco 3198

Wounded Water
Adel Abidin, Halim Al Karim, Ahmed Alsoudani, Ali Assaf, Azad Nanakeli, Walid Siti
Commissioner: Alì Assaf. Deputy Commissioner: Vittorio Urbani. Curator: Mary Angela Schroth. Venue:Gervasuti Foundation, Fondamenta S. Anna (Via Garibaldi), Castello 995

Corban Walker
Commissioner: Emily-Jane Kirwan. Curator: Eamonn Maxwell. Venue: Santa Maria della Pietà

One man's floor is another man's feelings
Sigalit Landau
Commissioners: Michael Gov, Arad Turgeman. Curators: Jean de Loisy, Ilan Wizgan. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

The Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities
PaBAAC – General Direction for the landscape, fine arts, architecture and contemporary art
la Biennale di Venezia
Padiglione Italia: Lo Stato dell’Arte nel 150° dell’Unità d’Italia
Padiglione Italia bis (Tese dei soppalchi): l’Arte non è Cosa Nostra
Commissioner: Antonia Pasqua Recchia. Curator: Vittorio Sgarbi. Venue: Arsenale, Padiglione Italia, Tese and Giardino delle Vergini

TABAIMO: teleco-soup
Commissioner: Yuka Uematsu. Deputy Commissioners: Miwa Kaneko, Atsuko Sato. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini
KOREA, Republic of The Love is gone but the Scar will heal
Lee Yongbaek
Commissioner: Yun Chea Gab. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Artificial Peace (Contemporary Landscape)
Kristaps Gelzis
Commissioner: Daiga Rudzate. Deputy Commissioner: Paivi Tirkkonen. Curator: Astrida Rogule. Venue:Palazzo Albrizzi, Cannaregio 4118

Behind the White Curtain
Darius Mikšys
Commissioner: Kestutis Kuizinas. Venue: Scuola S. Pasquale, Castello 2786

LUXEMBOURG, Grand Duchy of
Le Cercle Fermé
Martine Feipel, Jean Bechameil
Commissioner: René Kockelkorn. Curators: Kevin Muhlen, Jo Kox. Venue: Ca’ del Duca, Corte del Duca Sforza, San Marco 3052

MACEDONIA, Former Yugoslavian Republic of
ZERO: The Trailer Files
Art Collective Zero (Aleksander Stankoski, Igor Toshevski, Bedi Ibahim, Zlatko Trajkovski, Sinisha Cvetkovski, Mishko Desovski, Perica Georgiev, Gorancho Gjorgjievski)
Commissioner: Maja Krstevska. Curator: Gorancho Gjorgjievski. Venue: Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Cannaregio 3764
Žarko Bašeski
Commissioner: Toni Catleski. Curator: Emil Aleksiev. Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Cannaregio 3764
MEXICOCuadrado rojo, rosa imposible (Red Square Impossible Pink)
Melanie Smith, Rafael Ortega
Commissioner: Gastón Ramírez Feltrín. Curator: José Luis Barrios Lara. Venue: Palazzo Rota Ivancich, Castello 4421

MOLDOVA, Republic of The world around me
Valeria Duca
Commissioner: Darii Denis. Deputy Commissioner: Plesco Natalia. Venue: Galleria d'Arte III Millennio, San Marco 1047Cognition
Nicoleta Stati
Commissioner: Darii Denis. Deputy Commissioner: Plesco Natalia. Venue: Galleria d'Arte III Millennio, San Marco 1047Transnistria
Art Group Moë (Aliona Kononova, Igor Avramenko, Mark Verlan)
Commissioner: Darii Denis. Deputy Commissioner: Plesco Natalia. Curator: Oxana Maleeva. Venue: Antico Squero San Trovaso, Dorsoduro 1097

The Fridge Factory and Clear Waters
Marina Abramovic: MACCO Cetinje – Marina Abramovic Community Center Obod Cetinje, Ilija Šoškic, Natalija Vujoševic
Commissioners-Curators: Svetlana Racanovic, Petar Cukovic. Venue: Palazzo Malipiero, San Marco 3079

Herman Verkerk, Paul Kuipers, Yannis Kyriakides, Maureen Mooren, Joke Robaard, Johannes Schwartz, Sanneke van Hassel, Barbara Visser
Commissioner: Mondriaan Foundation. Curator: Guus Beumer. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

NEW ZEALANDOn First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
Michael Parekowhai
Commissioner: Jenny Harper. Venue: Palazzo Loredan dell'Ambasciatore

The State of Things
Franco Berardi, Leo Bersani, Judith Butler, T.J. Clark, Jan Egeland, Fawaz Gerges, Jacques Rancière, Saskia Sassen, Vandana Shiva, Eyal Weizman
Commissioner: Office for Contemporary Art Norway. Curators: Marta Kuzma, Pablo Lafuente, Peter Osborne. Venue: several venues in the city of Venice, including the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and the Università IUAV di VeneziaBeyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS
Bjarne Melgaard together with the students attending his MA Programme at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Università IUAV di Venezia: Paola Angelini, Michelangelo Corsaro, Cecilia Divizia, Elisa Fantin, Marco Fellini, Corinne Mazzoli, Nicole Moserle, Beatrice Piva, Valentina Roselli, Alessio Sacchetto, Valeria Romagnini Solfato, Davide Spillari
Commissioner: Office for Contemporary Art Norway. Curators: Marta Kuzma, Pablo Lafuente, Peter Osborne. Venue: Faculty of Design and Arts, Università IUAV di Venezia and Palazzo Contarini Corfù

… and Europe will be stunned
Yael Bartana
Commissioner: Hanna Wróblewska. Curators: Sebastian Cichocki, Galit Eilat. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Francisco Tropa
Commissioner: Direcção-Geral das Artes Ministério da Cultura. Curator: Sergio Mah
Venue: Fondaco Marcello, Calle del Traghetto o Ca' Garzoni, San Marco 3415

Performing History
Ion Grigorescu, Anetta Mona Chisa, Lucia Tkacova
Commissioner: Monica Morariu. Deputy Commissioner: Alessandro Damian. Curators: Maria Rus Bojan, Ami Barak. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini
Romanian Cultural Resolution-documentary
Adrian Bojenoiu, Alexandru Niculescu
Commissioner: Monica Morariu. Deputy Commissioner: Alessandro Damian. Venue: Istituto Romeno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica, Cannaregio 2214

Empty Zones
Andrei Monastyrski and the ‘Collective Actions’ Group (Nikita Alexeev, Elena Elagina, Georgy Kizevalter, Igor Makarevich, Andrei Monastyrski, Nikolai Panitkov, Sergei Romashko, Sabine Hänsgen)
Commissioner: Stella Kesaeva. Curator: Boris Groys. Venue: Pavilion at

SAN MARINO, Republic of
Luce In-azione
Dorothee Albrecht, Marco Bravura, Cristian Ceccaroni, Daniela Comani, Ottavio Fabbri, Verdiano Manzi, Patrizia Merendi, Omar Paolucci, Lars Teichmann, Thea Tini, Daniela Tonelli
Commissioner: Leo Marino Morganti. Curator: Valerio Pradal. Scientific Committee: Alberto Bassi, Manuela Comoglio, Loretta Guerrini, Maria Gloria Riva, Renata Stih, Chiara Tartarini. Venue: Palazzo Riva del Vin, San Silvestro, San Polo 1097

SAUDI ARABIA, Kingdom of
The Black Arch
Shadia Alem and Raja Alem 
Commissioner: Abdulaziz Alsebail. Curator: Mona Khazindar, Robin Start. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale

Light and Darkness of the Symbols
Dragoljub Raša Todosijevic
Commissioner: Živko Grozdanic. Curator: Sanja Kojic Mladenov. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

The Cloud of Unknowing
Ho Tzu Nyen
Commissioner: National Arts Council. Curator: June Yap. Venue: Salone di Ss. Filippo e Giacomo, Museo Diocesano di Venezia

SLOVENIA, Republic of Heaters for Hot Feelings
Mirko Bratuša
Commissioner/Curator: Nadja Zgonik. Deputy Commissioner: Jure Mikuž. Venue: Galleria A+A

SOUTH AFRICA Desire: Ideal Narratives in Contemporary South African Art
Siemon Allen, Lyndi Sales, Mary Sibande
Commissioner: Lethole Mokoena. Curator: Thembinkosi Goniwe. Venue: Torre di Porta Nuova, Arsenale Nuovissimo

Lo Inadecuado / The Inadequate
Dora Garcia
Commissioner/Curator: Katya Garcia-Anton. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Borderless Bastards
Fia BackströmWindows, Trees and Inbetween
Andreas Eriksson
Commissioner: Ann-Sofi Noring. Curator: Magnus af Petersens. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Crystal of Resistance
Thomas Hirschhorn
Commissioner: Urs Staub. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini
Chewing the Scenery 
Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Maria Iorio/Raphaël Cuomo, Uriel Orlow, Eran Schaerf, Tim Zulauf/KMUProduktionen and others
Commissioner: Andreas Münch. Curator: Andrea Thal. Venue: Teatro Fondamenta Nuove (until October 2nd, 2011)

Talal al Abballa, Sabhan Adam, Bernard Aubertin, Nemat Badawi, Beppe Bonetti, Ivan Lardschneider, Renato Mambor, Piero Mottola, Salvo Pastorello, Nizar Sabour, Rima Salamoun, Pg-Slis
Commissioner: Christian Maretti. Curators: Fabio Anselmi, Sandro Orlandi. Venue: Isola di San Servolo, Caserma Cornoldi

Paradiso di Navin
Navin Rawanchaikul
Commissioner: Prisna Pongtadsirikul. Curators: Pandit Chanrochanakit, Steven Pettifor. Venue: Paradiso Gallerie, Giardini della Biennale, Castello 1260

Plan B
Ayse Erkmen
Commissioner: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. Curator: Fulya Erdemci. Deputy Curator: Danae Mossman. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale

Oksana Mas
Commissioner: Viktor Sydorenko. Curators: Achille Bonito Oliva, Oleksiy Rogotchenko. Deputy Curators: Ute Kilter, Diana Fedorova-Pecherskaya. Venues: Chiesa di San Fantin and Campo San Stae

Second Time Around
Reem Al Ghaith, Abdullah Al Saadi, Lateefa Bint Maktoum
Commissioner: Hamdan Lamees. Curator: Vasif Kortun. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale

Mike Nelson
Commissioner: Andrea Rose. Curator: Richard Riley. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Jennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla
Commissioner: Lisa D. Freiman. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

un lugar común / a common ground
Alejandro Cesarco, Magela Ferrero
Commissioner: Silvia Listur. Curator: Clio E. Bugel. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

Francisco Bassim, Clemencia Labin, Yoshi
Commissioner: Javier Cerisola. Curator: Luis Hurtado. Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

ZIMBABWE, Republic of
Seeing ourselves: questioning our geographical landscape and the space we occupy from yesterday, today and tomorrow
Berry Bickle, Calvin Dondo, Tapfuma Gutsa, Misheck Masamvu
Commissioner: Doreen Sibanda. Curator: Raphael Chikukwa. Venue: Santa Maria della Pietà, Calle della Pietà, Castello 3701

Commissioners: Andris Brinkmanis, Asel Akmatova. Curators: Oksana Shatalova, Boris Chukhovich, Georgy Mamedov. Venue: Palazzo Malipiero, San Marco 3199-3201
Natalia Andrianova, Adis Seitaliev, Marat Raiymkulov
Said Atabekov, Galim Madanov, Zauresh Terekbay, Yerbossyn Meldibekov,
Alla Rumyantseva, Aleksey Rumyantsev
Artyom Ernst, Alexander Nikolaev

Between forever and never
Commissioner: Patricia Rivadenera. Deputy Commissioner: Alessandra Bonanni. Curator: Alfons Hug. DeputyCurators: Paz Guevara, Patricia Rivadenera. Venue: Pavilion at Arsenale
ARGENTINA Leticia El Halli Obeid – BOLIVIA Narda Alvarado – BRAZIL Neville D’Almeida – CHILE Sebastián Preece – COLOMBIA Juan Fernando Herrán – COSTA RICA Sila Chanto – CUBA Reynier Leyva Novo – ECUADOR María Rosa Jijón – EL SALVADOR Walterio Iraheta – GUATEMALA Regina José Galindo – HONDURAS Adán Vallecillo – MEXICO Julieta Aranda – NICARAGUA Rolando Castellón – PANAMA Humberto Vélez – PARAGUAY Claudia Casarino – PERU Fernando Gutiérrez – DOMENICAN REPUBLIC David Pérez Karmadavis – URUGUAY Martín Sastre – VENEZUELA Alexander Apóstol – ITALY Alberto Maria de Agostini – ITALY/CHILE Gianfranco Foschino – GERMANY/VENEZUELA Christine de la Garenne – GERMANY/ with the community Wichi, ARGENTINA Olaf Holzapfel, Mirta, Dionisia, Noelia e Luisa Gutiérrez – NORWAY/MEXICO Björn Melhus

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