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Venice Biennale Illuminations


USA Pavilion
Exhibitors: Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla
The artistic collaborative Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have developed six new works in an exhibition entitled Gloria. These interrelated works – Track and Field, Armed Freedom Lying on a Sunbed, Body in Flight (Delta), Body in Flight (American), Algorithm and Half-Mast/ Full-Mast – transform the interior and exterior of the pavilion into a dynamic, dreamlike space using sculpture, performance, video and sound elements.
These monumental works utilize the quasi-Surrealist strategies of free association and unexpected juxtaposition in order to pose questions about the relationships among art, politics and international identity in the 21st century.


Egypt Pavilion
30 Days of Running in the Place
Exhibitor: Ahmed Basiony (1978-2011).

On January 28, 2011, Ahmed Basiony died from gunshot wounds inflicted by snipers on the Friday of Wrath in Tahrir Square, scene of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. At the age of 32, Ahmed’s life lasted as long as Mubarak’s regime. Basiony can be considered an emblem of hope for millions of Egyptians who were determined for change. The works on view were a two-fold production of works by the artist. These have been intentionally designed to reflect a random display of incidents.

Photo by: Sylvette Blaimont