55th International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia – Padiglione Italia – Italian Pavilion

ITALY
vice versa
Francesco Arena, Massimo Bartolini, Gianfranco Baruchello, Elisabetta Benassi, Flavio Favelli, Luigi Ghirri, Piero Golia, Francesca Grilli, Marcello Maloberti, Fabio Mauri, Giulio Paolini, Marco Tirelli, Luca Vitone, Sislej Xhafa
Commissioner: Maddalena Ragni. Curator: Bartolomeo Pietromarchi.
Venue: Italian Pavilion, Tese delle Vergini at Arsenale

ice versa picks up on a concept introduced by Giorgio Agamben in his book Categorie italiane. Studi di Poetica (1996), in which the philosopher maintained that in order to interpret Italian culture, we must identify a “series of diametrically linked concepts” capable of describing its underlying characteristics – binomials like tragedy/comedyarchitecture/vagueness and speed/lightnessthus become original keys for reading the fundamental works and artists of our cultural history.

vice versa proposes an exhibition made up of seven rooms, seven spaces, each of which hosts two artists in dialogue with one another, where the works displayed reveal the profound sense of this dialectical approach.