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Jana Želibská: Swan Song Now

11. May 2017 — 26. November 2017
La Biennale di Venezia, Benátky
Curator: Lucia Gregorová Stach

Jana Želibská, the important representative of the generation of action and conceptual artists and alternative art scene in Slovakia, created a new multimedia installation for the pavilion. It is dominated by a monumental projection of the sea, filmed in Venice. 

An array of luminous swans rests on islets, representing the implacable human yearning for constancy in a world driven by unremitting change, bringing in its wake unavoidable losses as we traverse the breach between past and present. In the video-installation, with its contrasting luminous swans and gilt wooden object, the artist sardonically draws attention to the “omnipresent 'ready-made' objects that surround us and compose our increasingly artificial, one-off world of semblances”. For Jana Želibská, the swan is a messenger of change as a symbol of inner freedom, beauty, love, depth, purity, faithfulness and a symbiosis of antitheses. The piece's theme is the political and ecological cataclysm of the planet, yet according to the artist, “rather than being a commentary on an abject condition it challenges us to reflect and to hope.”

 
 
 

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