Geoffrey Farmer - A way out of the mirror, at the Canada Pavilion. A beautiful work that weaves together personal and global histories through a metaphor of water and collisions. Farmer tried to remove the Canada sign at the entrance, writing in his exhibition text: "If it is still on the front of pavilion, I lost.” #venicebiennale#geoffreyfarmer#biennalearte2017#CanadaPavilion
Canada wept... and so did the Pavilion (literally)... after hearing that Anne Imhof's angst-ridden Faust at the German Pavilion took top prize at the Biennale. Geoffrey Farmer's A way out of the mirror at the Canada Pavilion was by far MY favourite art experience in the Giardini (and I'm not just saying that because I'm a friend and a Canadian!?... seriously.) Skillfully-deconstructed, poetically-charged and humorously-drenched the pavilion became a beautiful spectacle of empathy, compassion and repressed memory. Geoffrey's speech at the opening of the Pavilion—both vulnerable and funny, like his art—brought everyone to tears and made us all proud to be Canadian. Big gushing love and congratulations, my friend. Curatorial kudos go out to Kitty Scott for shepherding G's watery dreams to reality. #venicebiennale2017#geoffreyfarmer @anhourbeforesleep #awayoutofthemirror#canadapavilion#kittyscott @curator99
Head to the Canada Pavilion 🇨🇦 at La Biennale di Venezia 2017 (@labiennale) to witness Geoffrey Farmer’s “A way of out of the mirror“. Titled to reference the early writings of beat poet Allen Ginsberg it dramatically transforms the pavilion in a way that is unique to the history of the building. Farmer’s concept interweaves diverse stories of collision and reconciliation and explores the many manifestations of conflict and violence, involving personal memory and familial history, to flow into a broader stream of reflections on inheritance, trauma, and desire.
The Canada Pavilion is curated by Kitty Scott.
As the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale opens this week, with Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer behind the Canadian exhibition, his Trailer (2002) is part of 50 years of contemporary art now on view at the National Gallery.
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