May 20, 2005 - Latin American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale - Latin American Pavilion
May 20, 2005

Latin American Pavilion

Warp and Weft
Pavilion of IILA, the Italo-Latin American Institute

12 June – 6 November, 2005

Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti – Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti
San Marco 2842
Mon.- Sat, 11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Irma Arestizábal Additional Commissioner:
Alessandra Bonanni
Installations: Paola Pisanelli

Warp and Weft

Thanks to its continuity over time and the large range of aspects it covers, the Venice Biennale is one of the most important contemporary art exhibitions in the world, an event of fundamental importance in the visual arts panorama.

In its varied and many sided project to increase awareness of Latin American culture in the world, IILA, the Italo-Latin American Institute, has invited sixteen of the best-known artists from its twelve member countries to exhibit in its pavilion at this year’s Biennale:
Joaquín Sánchez, Guiomar Mesa (Bolivia) , Gonzalo Díaz (Chile), Juan Manuel Echavarría, Oswaldo Macià, Oscar Muñoz (Colombia), Cecilia Paredes, Jaime David Tischler (Costa Rica), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Luis Paredes (El Salvador), Luis González Palma (Guatemala), Maxence Denis (Haiti), Donna Conlon (Panama) , Mónica González (Paraguay), Luz María Bedoya (Peru), Polibio Díaz (Dominican Republic).

Taking account of the guidelines set for the 51st visual arts Biennale by the curators, María del Corral and Rosa Martinez, the theme chosen for the IILA pavilion is Warp and Weft. The venue is Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti on the Canal Grande, one of Venice’s most intriguing palaces from the 1400s, restored in 1886 by Camillo Boito.

Warp and Weft – weaving schemes and textures as well as cloth. A title sufficiently open and stimulating to embrace different approaches in which the spectator can enter a dialogue with a variety of beliefs and symbols: with urban and cultural landscapes, fears and anxieties, drama and violence; with the poetry of objects and everyday life, beauty, creativity, humour; above all, with Latin America’s art.

With the contribution of the Cultural Center of Inter-American Development Bank

Co-curators of the selections in their respective countries:
Bolivia Cecilia Bayá Botti; Chile Antonio Arévalo; Peru Jorge Villacorta.

Istituto Italo-Latino Americano: Palazzo Santacroce – Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 3 00186 Roma Italia.
Tel. 0039 06 68492.1; Fax 0039 06 6872834-

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Cultural Department

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