The Venice Biennale 2024 does not include Russia as its participant for the second time in a row. This started with a Russian attack in Ukraine two years ago. There will be ninety national booths at the 60th Venice Biennale this year. Also, the event runs April 20 to November 24, 2024.
Changes in Poland’s Exhibit
The event contains “Net Making,” Ukraine’s participation. It is an exhibition of the photographic and video works of Andrii Dostliev, Lia Dostlieva, Daniil Revkovskyi, Katya Buchatska, and Andrii Rachynskyi. Also, a work by architect Oleksandr Burlaka. Max Gorbatskyi and Viktoria Bavykina are curating it.
Although Ukraine does not have an everlasting exposition structure, the Arsenale in Venice will host this show. Furthermore, Poland will showcase a video display created by the Ukrainian art ensemble Open Group. This happened after the nation made the political decision to alter its exhibition at the last minute. Previously, there was a pavilion arranged by Law and Justice, the former right-wing populist government party.
A display named “Polish Exercises in the Tragedy of the World: Between Germany and Russia” was the original concept for Poland’s display. This was a work by he painter Ignacy Czwartos. Since establishing a pavilion in 1914, Russia took part in the Venice Biennale on a yearly basis. Nevertheless, on February 27, 2022, the display for the 59th edition became terminated. This happened only days after Russia occupied Ukraine.
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The artists Alexandra Sukhareva and Kirill Savchenkov, as well as the curator Raimundas Malašauskas,published the departures on social media. “There is nothing left to say, there is no place for art when civilians are dying under the fire of missiles”, wrote Savchenkov. “As a Russian-born, I won’t be presenting my work at Venice”. La Biennale promised to assist Ukraine’s national pavilion on March 2, 2022.
Moreover, the Russian pavilion was off limits for the 18th Biennale Architettura. But, it was Ukraine’s first time taking part since 2014. Political conflict has consistently impacted country participation at the event. However, it should be noted that Israel will go proceed with their pavilion this year in spite of its ongoing armed confrontation with Palestine. Artist Ruth Patir will represent the country.
The Palestine Museum U.S., which presented a collateral event at the 2022 Venice Biennale, submitted a proposal for the this year’s biennial, but was rejected. The proposed exhibition, “Foreigners in Their Homeland”, featuring contemporary Palestinian art, will now go ahead as an unofficial collateral event at Venice’s Palazzo Mora instead, opening April 20.