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Biennale Arte 2022  LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA        Eglc Budvytytc’s video tells the story of a group of
                                                              young people lost in the forests of Lithuania, while the
                                                              characters in a new video by Zheng Bo live in total –
                                                              even sexual – communion with nature.

                                                              A similar sense of wonder can be found in the

         The rediscovery of art’s myth-making potential can also   snowy scenes embroidered by Sámi artist Britta
                                                              Marakatt-Labba, and ancient traditions also overlap
         be seen in Ficre Ghebreyesus’ large-scale paintings   with new forms of ecological activism in works by
         and Portia Zvavahera’s hallucinatory visions, as well   Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe and in Jaider Esbell’s dreamlike
         as in the allegorical compositions by Frantz Zéphirin   compositions.
         and Thao Nguyen Phan that blend histories, dreams,
         and religions. Drawing on indigenous knowledge and   The Corderie starts off with another time capsule, in
         subverting colonialist stereotypes, Argentine artist   this case inspired by sci-fi author Ursula K. Le Guin
         Gabriel Chaile presents a new series of monumental   and her theory of fiction, which links the birth of
         sculptures, made from unfired clay, which tower like   civilisation not to the invention of weapons, but to
         the idols of a fanciful Mesoamerican culture.        tools used for providing sustenance and care: bags,
                                                              sacks, and vessels. In this section, ovoid carapaces
         Many artists in the exhibition imagine complex       by Surrealist artist Bridget Tichenor are juxtaposed
         new relationships with the planet and with nature,   with Maria Bartuszova’s delicate ceramics, Ruth
         suggesting unprecedented ways to coexist with other   Asawa’s hanging sculptures, and Tecla Tofano’s hybrid
         species and with the environment.                    creatures. These works from the past live side-by-side

         Elaine Cameron-Weir. 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, The
         Milk of Dreams. Photo by: Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy: La Biennale di Venezia

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