Venice: Objects, Work and Tourism
During the 56th Venice Biennale, Durham will present Venice: Objects, Work and Tourism.
The installation at the Spazio Carlo Scarpa will feature new objects formed from unexpected combinations: broken glass collected over the years alongside brightly colored paint, three-hundred year old venetian bricks posed against elements from the tourist industry and everyday commerce of Venice.
This work is not intended as a monument, but rather as a vehicle for dialogue that addresses the complex melding of these ideas: tourism, the social imaginary of Venice, labor, and the man-made object.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an artist book conceived as integral part of a single project. In this book, Durham has compiled writings and images – of objects he has assembled, as well as images of people and scenes of Venice – as well his analysis of the underlying connections between the tourism industries, the stories of local workers and Venice’s history.
For Durham, “Venice is the embodiment of this confluence: a place where object becomes most evident as the cornerstone of cultural and intellectual life, and a place where this seemingly static symbol of culture and intellectuality is constantly being modeled and refined through handling and everyday labor”.
Dates: From 06 May to 20 September 2015
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm
Closed on Monday
- Full ticket € 10 (Museum and Exhibition Areas)
- Reduced ticket € 8
- Free entry: Every day, 10 am -3 pm, for the residents of the Municipality of Venice
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