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.
‘Why Look at Animals? Agrimiká’ by Maria Papadimitriou, Greece: The eerie sight of freshly hung animal skins greets visitors to this pavilion within a pavilion. Maria Papadimitriou has transposed the entire contents of a taxidermist’s shop in the Greek city of Volos – stairs, tools, hides, office detritus, you name it – to Venice for the duration of the biennale. In an accompanying video, the shop’s owner reveals the dying art of skinning for leather, a sadness reflected in his belongings also having been ironically removed and reimagined for display elsewhere.
Photographs & text: Wallpaper