A daily flow of thousands of tourists overwhelms Venice every day, tourists that often stays for a single day (or even less) pretending to grasp the beauty, culture and millenary history of this unique city in the world. Becoming themselves target of a satire that often does not recognize the real object of their desire: to capture an intrinsic part of knowledge and the Venetian cultural experience. It is however the same desire expressed by the European intellectual and cultural world in the form of a “pilgrimage to see the Biennials. This means that the European intellectual thought cannot be separated from European tourism, nor from the object created by man, “points out clearly Jimmie Durham. Durham also keep on saying , “tourists and intellectuals share, of Venice, a romantic vision that erases the reality of Venetian workers, which recreate the city constantly, preventing ruin of the city, and reshape it under everybody’s eyes”.
It is from this thought that Durham, invited four years ago by the Querini Stampalia Foundation to work on a project about Venice, begins to talk about the people who inhabit Venice: carpenters, master glassmakers, carvers, waiters and stewards, from which it obtains the stories and discovering that many of the workers
who allow Venice to continue living come from countries like Senegal , Tunisia and Bangladesh. The installation, on the occasion of the 56th Venice Biennale, entitled Objects, Work and Tourism, will consist of new objects, the result of unexpected combinations: glass pieces collected over the course of years alongside paintings from vivid shades, three hundred years old venetian brick alongside elements drawn from the tourist industry and the Venetian daily trade. The work presented in the exhibition halls “Carlo Scarpa” of the Querini Stampalia Foundation, is not meant as a monument but as a vehicle of dialogue between tourism, the social imaginary of Venice, the work and the object and will be accompanied by an artist’s book
conceived as part of a single project.
With the support of Fondazione FURLA, Bologna
Dena Foundation, Paris ZERYNTHIA Association for contemporary art, Rome
6 May – September 20, 2015
Tuesday – Sunday 10-18
Fondazione Querini Stampalia Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello 5252 Venice
The visit to the exhibition is included in the entrance price to the Querini Stampalia Foundation.
Entire € 10; Reduced € 8