PREVIEW MAY 7, 5.30-8.30PM
MAY 8 - AUG 10
MAGAZZINO DEL SALE #3
FONDAMENTA ZATTERE AI SALONI
The Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, and Flash Art magazine present Heterotopia I, an installation by Peter Halley on the occasion of the 2019 Venice Biennale.
The installation will be held in the Academy of Fine Art’s exhibition space located in one of Venice’s historic salt warehouses, Magazzino del Sale, no. 3, at Dorsoduro 264, Zattere.
Using the forty-meter-long exhibition space, Halley has assembled a sequence of eight interconnected rooms that employ digitally-printed wall murals, a varying palette of artificial lighting, and three-dimensional objects to create a hermetic, coded heterotopia– a term borrowed from Michel Foucault, who defined heterotopia as a differentiated, bordered space created for a special purpose that both mirrors and defines itself as separate from everyday spaces.
Halley has invited four artists to collaborate with him on this installation. Lauren Clay and Andrew Kuo have each created wall murals for one of the eight rooms. RM Fischer has constructed a large-scale, totemic sculpture which inhabits the final chamber. Additionally, original wall text was provided by writer Elena Sorokina.
Halley’s installation both echoes themes present in his previous work while adding new elements of architectural pastiche specific to its setting in Venice.
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