Venice Vending Machine - Edition 5

Exhibition @ Giardini Della Marinaressa (Seychelles Pavilion)

in the context of the

57th Venice Biennale

14th to 22nd of October 2017

“The Artist Within - Branching Out”

In response to the theme of the 57th Venice Biennale “VIVA ARTE”, in a unique collaboration with our VVM member from Canada, Margit Hideg, her project: The Wisdom of Trees, www.thewisdomofthetrees.com, our theme this year is: “The Artist Within – Branching Out”.

We have been invited by the GAA Foundation to exhibit at the Giardini della Marinaressa (hosting the Seychelles Pavilion), situated in close and strategic proximity to the Biennale sites of the Giardini and Arsenale.

In the words of the curator of this years’ Venice Biennale, Christine Macel:

“Art is the most precious part of the human being. It is the ideal place for reflection, individual expression, freedom and fundamental questions. It is a “yes” to life, although sometimes a “but” lies behind. More than ever, the role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are crucial in the framework of contemporary debates”.

Given this freedom of expression, art cannot be subordinated to a monetary value but thrives and grows because its intrinsic values. The VVM is ‘growing’ and expanding amongst the trees of the garden giving the seed and the space for artists to reflect on their stories, and their origins, revealing who they are and why they are artists, what this means to them. Your work will embrace this notion and will initiate a dialogue with the audience on what is important to you as an artist.

The encounter is essential to the VVM. Thus we will connect internationally in this beautiful Venetian garden. As artists we will communicate, and just like the trees we will talk to each other, forming a community of international artists revealing through our work the roots of our being, what have inspired us to make choices, why we think art is important and disseminate our work freely in collaboration, offering it up to an international audience.

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