Biological invasions by non-native or ‘alien’ species are one of the greatest threats to the ecological and economic well-being of the planet. (Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe)
The Venice Biennale has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Art Biennale has an attendance today of over 300,000 visitors and the opening weekend is the most important event in the year’s international art calender. The Biennale takes place in two official sites in Venice: the Arsenale, which hosts the international exhibition, and the Giardini di Castello in the east of the city, which houses the national pavilions including the British Pavilion.
Liz Sheridan, guest curator for London-based TangentProjects, has brought together 10 artists from the UK and mainland Europe in a group exhibition, in a prominent location close to the Giardini site, in response to the idea of the invasive aliens.
And like the alien species in the natural world, the artists compete to find their place in the compressed space of a small empty shop.
The artists – Karen Ay, Vanya Balogh, Tracey Bush, Cedric Christie, Forge & Cutter, Helene Kazan, Manuel Kaempfer, Toni Parpan, Danny Pockets, Liz Sheridan, Steve Smith and Karen Winzer – have in common that their practices are highly responsive to the contexts and situations in which the work is developed.
The exhibition is a British Council recognised collateral event and coincides with the opening of the Art Biennale.