10 December 2015
The prolific Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos always manages to surprise. After having scandalized the critics at the Venice Biennale 2005, (curated by the Spaniard Rosa Martinez), with her traditional chandelier hanging from the ceiling in the entrance hall of the Arsenal and created using 25,000 female tampons instead of the classic crystals, this year she returns to the Venice Biennale with the installation “The Garden of Eden”, sponsored by Swatch.
Inside an inflatable silver pavilion, Joana has created a carpet of bright flowers that emerge from black polychrome cylinders. As in nature, the flowers rustle, as if shaken by a spring wind. The magic work is accentuated by the sounds created by the swaying of the flowers, in a synchronous soundtrack created by Jonas Runa. The work aims to demonstrate how technology can compete with nature to create beauty and wonder.
WHERE: Biennale Venice – Giardini, Sestiere Castello, 30122 Venice