Venice Biennale of Art – 9 May – 22 November 2015
Venice Biennale 2015 (La Biennale di Venezia) is the closest thing art has to the Olympics. The 56th International Art Exhibition attempts to capture the rich diversity of the art-world, with all it’s unexpected sights and sounds. Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the oldest and most important event on the international contemporary visual arts calendar. It is also the world’s largest non-commercial art exhibition, and this year it features shows from 88 countries across the entire city. More than 150 artists are taking part in the Biennale, and the event attracts more than 350,000 world-wide visitors – from artists, art-lovers and collectors.
‘Hours, Years, Aeons’ by IC-98, Finland
This darkened room, in Alvar Aalto’s modest wooden pavilion of 1956, contains a similarly gloomy video screen and a tide of pitch-black charcoal on the floor. Yes, winter is tough in Finland, but this slow-moving film depicts a bleak future for all of us, as a windswept forest floor and lake are ravaged by unseen environmental forces, eventually turning nature to a husk of itself and the landscape into an unending tarpit. The beautiful hand-drawn pencil animations by Markus Lepistö (pictured) and a hypnotic soundtrack from Max Savikangas, however, alleviate any sense of impending disaster.
Photographs & text: Wallpaper