Venice Biennale welcomes Canadian artists via video
Italy is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its unification by opening the doors to what is arguably its most prestigious cultural event — the Venice Biennale, which for the first time ever will include Italian artists living outside the country. Just don't get too excited - those works will be displayed on video.
Still, Canada will be represented by three artists, including Tony Calzetta (works shown above) who has been for the last 30 years working mainly on canvas and paper, but who occasionally wanders off into sculpture and printmaking. He's collaborated on three books, including How God Talks In His Sleep and Other Fabulous Fictions with Leon Rooke.
Vincenzo Pietropaolo is a Toronto-based independent documentary photographer known for photo essays on immigration, work, and the labour movement. He has published eight books of photography, including Making Home in Havana, Not Paved with Gold and Harvest Pilgrims. His latest documentary project, Invisible No More deals with Canadians with intellectual disabilities.
Francesca Vivenza graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. Vivenza has been living and working in Toronto since1970. Her mixed media practice includes books, collages and recently, a site-specific installation,Tentative Itineraries, that explores distance and disorientation.
Retrospectives of the work of these artists can be seen until November 27 at the Italian Cultural Institute. The exhibition, a video of which will be screened at the Padiglione Italia, was curated by Corrado De Luca of De Luca Fine Art Gallery.