Venice Biennale: Vita Vitale
The official Azerbaijan Pavilion for the 56th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2015
Vita Vitale (Vital Life) considers how human activity impacts upon the delicate balance of our planet’s ecosystem, and the repercussions for our future survival. Illuminating the ways in which we have transformed the planet, the exhibition explores the effects of plastic pollutants, mass consumerism, climate change, depleting resources, deteriorating landscapes, rising sea levels, and endangered species. While some of the exhibition’s artists and scientists directly address environmental concerns, others do so more laterally. However, they all challenge us to confront the potential dangers of ignoring the messages that Vita Vitale conveys, while simultaneously suggesting creative tools and ideas for change.
Exhibiting Artists: Edward Burtynsky, Mircea Cantor, Loris Cecchini, Gordon Cheung, Khalil Chishtee, Tony Cragg, Laura Ford, Noémie Goudal, Siobhán Hapaska, Paul Huxley, IDEA Laboratory and Leyla Aliyeva, Chris Jordan with Rebecca Clark and Helena S.Eitel, Tania Kovats, Aida Mahmudova, Sayyora Muin, Jacco Olivier, Julian Opie, Julian Perry, Mike Perry, Bas Princen, Stephanie Quayle, Ugo Rondinone, Graham Stevens, Diana Thater, Andy Warhol, Bill Woodrow, Erwin Wurm, Rose Wylie
"I went out of my way early on to see the show, found it absolutely sensational and probably one of the best shows that I saw at Venice this year. The Ugo Rondinone tree looked fantastic outside on the waterfront with that theme continued inside with the Siobhan Hapaska's trees in the main hall. Other memorable works were, Tony Cragg, Julian Perry and Leyla Aliyev's immersive installation. I can't wait to see the next exhibition!" -Frank Cohen, Collector
"Vita Vitale added to my experience of viewing the 56th Venice Biennale. I encountered many exciting surprises, some aesthetical and others emotional, some even old favourite works of mine such a Siobhan Hapaska’s or Mircea Cantor’s. I left the show satisfied, with a slight anxious feeling mixed with hope and a thrill that science is firmly anchored in fine arts reminding me that my that my fear that thematic shows are always contrived is my prejudice." -Candida Gertler, Founder and Director of Outset
"Vita Vitale in Venice was wonderful, not only because of art work selected, but also for the way it capitalised on its setting. The installation inside Ca’ Garzoni was sensitive and smart, especially given its location. Water, water everywhere was perfect for an exhibition with such an ecological proposition and, in particular, Rondinone’s dead tree – so human, so appealing! - seen against the backdrop of the Grand Canal made a huge impression." -Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
"I absolutely loved the Vita Vitale exhibition, for me it was one of the highlights of the Venice Biennale. It was totally informative and educational and was the jewel in the crown of the biennale." -Anita Zabludowicz, Collector and co-founder of the Zabludowicz Collection
Commissioner: Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Baku, Azerbaijan
Created by: IDEA Campaign, supported by SOS – Save Our Species
Curators: Artwise - Susie Allen, Laura Culpan, Dea Vanagan
Exhibition consultant: Emin Mammadov, Art Advisor of the Heydar Aliyev Centre
Italian Coordinator of both Azerbaijan exhibitions: PDG Arte Communications, Carlotta Scarpa
IDEA Laboratory: Rachel Armstrong, ecoLogicStudio, Julian Melchiorri, Mike Perry, Studio Swine
Scientific curator: Professor of Experimental Architecture, Newcastle University and 2010 Senior TED Fellow, Rachel Armstrong
Technical and logistical consultant & coordination: PARTNER Culture+Projects GmbH, Horst Campman
AV technical direction: KS Objectiv, Simeon Corless
Press: ARTPRESS – Barbara Green & Wayra Schübel; STUDIO ESSECI – Roberta Barbaro
Venue: Ca’Garzoni, Calle del Tragheto o Garzoni, San Marco 3416, 30124 Venezia
9 May – 22 November 2015
Radio interview with Martha Willette Lewis' Live Culture show for WPKN Radio. Live Culture discusses contemporary art with monthly teams and guests aired on the last Saturday of every month.
Video interview of Mircea Cantor with Achille Bonito Oliva recorded in front of his installation 'Rosace' in Vita Vitale, Venice.