Venice diaries

Venice Diaries: At the Giardini’s German Pavilion

by new Fine Art graduate Rhian Sullivan

As well as being part of the Wales in Venice Invigilation Plus team at the Wales Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Rhian has been visiting the Biennale shows and the many other museums and galleries the city has to offer. Here are her thoughts on the German Pavilion:-

The German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale’s Giardini was something I had seen reviewed and was very much excited to see. I was lucky that the performances were extended during the week I chose to visit the Giardini. The performance ran from 10:30-2pm and by the end I was exhausted – the performance was inexplicable. Diversion tactics were used as opportunities to prepare other areas of the space for the next part of the performance, the expectations of people following a performer were used and the audience moved around the performers, some calmly while others were running, desperately trying to get out of their way.

There was a mannequin-like nature to the performers. They stood inanimate at times and, coupled with their model-like appearances, they seemed distant in an untouchable or disenchanted way that changed throughout the performance depending upon their stance and the stature it created.

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