|Korean Pavilion - Venice Biennale - Photo: Cat Bauer|
Baratta said that we are complex creatures, and that art can restore human beings. Through art we can find out about us. There is a silent battle the World of Art carries on with courage, not indulging in banalities or in ordinary life. It is an examination of the human condition.
If there is a crisis, it is in our minds. The drama is already here, and we should not fall into the trap of over-simplification. We ask artists to help us rejoin our selves with ourselves. Being human means accepting the complexity and dealing with it. We cannot be reduced to a single reality, and must reconcile ourselves to a complex reality. There is a tendency to over-simplify the world; the modern world is a complex thing we must understand.
Everything is being reduced to very few truths and very few words. We are being asked to reduce ourselves to symbols. If you deny complexity you will fall into frustration and inaction.
Baratta said that visiting the Biennale can change one's perspective on life, art, and what you think about human beings.
|Ernesto Neto, Um Sagrado Lugar (A Sacred Place) Photo: Cat Bauer|
Much has been written about the 57th Venice Art Biennale; here's a review I like by Laura Cumming at The Guardian:
"The main international exhibition, curated by Christine Macel, director of the Pompidou Centre, steers clear of the political propaganda that dominated the last Biennale; indeed you could be forgiven for thinking it’s all rather comfortable and picturesque. Artists hang about, making music, chatting, sleeping (real and depicted beds predominate). There are tapestries, embroideries and quilted hangings everywhere; you can stitch mementoes into David Medalla’s sail or run your fingers through cascading gold mesh. So many threads can only lead straight to Ernesto Neto, another Biennale fixture, and sure enough here is another of his voluminous dangling nets. Inside sit actual members of the Brazilian rainforest tribe to which his installation is dedicated. This shocks somewhat – art as ethnographic zoo?"
|Laboratory of Dilemmas - Photo: Neon|
|Freesa from the Tunisian Pavilion - Photo: Cat Bauer|
The document opens with a poem by Maulana Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, Muslim and Sufi mystic whose influence "transcended national borders and ethnic divisions," and whose wise words written 1000 years ago sums up the 57th Venice Biennale International Festival of Art:
Whoever Brought Me Here
All day I think about it, then
at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what
am I supposed to be doing?
My soul is from elsewhere,
I'm sure of that, and I intend to
end up there.
This drunkenness began in some
When I get back around to that place,
I'll be completely sober. Meanwhile,
I'm like a bird from anther
continent, sitting in this aviary.
The day is coming when I fly off,
but who is it now in my ear who
hears my voice?
Who says words with my mouth?
Who looks out with my eyes?
What is the soul?
I cannot stop asking.
If I could taste one sip of an
answer, I could break out of this
prison for drunks.
I didn't come here of my own accord,
and I can't leve that way.
Whoever brought me here, will have
to take me home.
Ciao from Venezia,
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog