The title of this year’s Biennial, “The Milk of Dreams”, comes from a children’s book by Leonora Carrington (1917 – 2011). In it, the surrealist artist tells stories about hybrid, mutating figures that terrify and fascinate young and old alike. Carrington describes a magical-poetic world in which everyone and everything can be reinvented over and over again solely through the power of imagination.
Country pavilions such as Belgium deserve a special mention. Francis Alys zeigt in “Nature of the Game” publicly available videos of children from all over the world playing. Francis Alys stimulates the senses through poetry, origin and imagination.
The United States will be represented in Venice by sculptor Simone Leigh with Sovereignty (52). The USA Pavilion focuses on the experiences of Black women. The US pavilion was curated by Jill Medvedow, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston. The history of race, gender and work are brought into focus here – and could hardly be more topical in times of the “Black Lives Matter” movement and the parallel resurgence of right-wing populism in the USA.
“I feel part of a larger group of artists and thinkers who have reached critical mass,” Leigh told the New York Times. “And despite the truly awful climate that we’ve achieved, it still doesn’t distract me from the fact of how amazing it is to be a black artist in these times.”
The art source of the eXXpress also recommends the Serbian contribution to the Biennale: Vladimir Nikolic shows two immense video installations with “Walking in Water”. One installation shows the sea and the other an Olympic pool. In both video works, the perspective is completely eliminated. The viewer, immersed in the stillness of the water, nevertheless remains irritated.
But: The Biennale Arte 2022 in Venice is not only an experience for these country pavilions and not only for art connoisseurs – until November 27th you still have the opportunity to get an idea of the feminine artistic power and – in a figurative sense – your own Art sense tasted by the “Milk of Dreams”.