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Av Lars Vilks - 12 juli 2009 17:50

Simone Berti, born in Adria (Rovigo, Italy) in 1966. Lives and works in Milan and Berlin.

Berti is a versatile, gifted, surreal and ironic artist. He experiments with various expressive techniques, from the most traditional, such as painting and drawing, to the most contemporary, such as video and performance art. His early studies were in the technical-scientific field, but he later shifted to art. This disciplinary overlay is reflected in his works, which often focus on themes related to physics: the balance of bodies, stasis, dynamics, reactions between chaos and order.


Already in his early works, namely video installations, Simone Berti called attention to the problem of the precariousness of the present moment. Berti once wrote that only in a given situation when everything becomes doubtful, could some level of certainty be achieved. He often imagines objects and situations which seem as if they were destined for failure from one moment to another, merely due to momentary nausea.


Simone Berti’s works for the biennial:

Die Bauchen II  (performance), 2008

The first version of this performance took place in Milan at Rotonda di Via Besana. The three pregnant women make the world around them slow down. The second version has a faster tempo and music by Luciano Berio.


Black Volcano (postproduction music Luciano Berio)


Bridge of Bricks (idea from 1999) Picture HERE.


Av Lars Vilks - 9 juli 2009 22:58

Philippe Parreno (b. 1964 in Oran, Algeria. Lives and works in Paris.) is well known for his numerous collaborations with artist friends such as Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Carsten Höller or Inez van Lamsweerde, with architects such as Francois Roche or designers like M/M. In his works, he always searches for ways to evoke a rethinking of the common models of exhibitions, authorship and narration.


His best known work is the documentary film from 2006 about Zinedine Zidane directed by him and Scottish artist-filmmaker Douglas Gordon entitled "Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait".

 His contribution to Ladonia Biennial is The Boy from Mars II (Postproduction)

Av Lars Vilks - 7 juli 2009 22:50

Richard Wentworth was born in 1947 in Samoa. He attended Hornsey College of Art from 1965 and worked with Henry Moore as an assistant in 1967. He was awarded an MA in 1970 from the Royal College of Art and went on to become one of the most influential teachers in British art over past two decades at Goldsmith's College, University of London, where he taught from 1971 to 1987. In 2002 he was made Master of the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University.


Wentworth emerged as a major British sculptor in the early 1980s. His work centres on the idea of transformation, of subtly altering and juxtaposing everyday objects which, in turn, fundamentally changes the way we perceive the world around us. His palette is one of ladders and lightbulbs, buckets and tins, tables and chairs, sometimes with legs partly sawn off and counterbalanced by a weight as if to defy gravity.

  For the Ladonia Biennial Richard Wentworth has made the project Untitled (Alarm)

Av Lars Vilks - 5 juli 2009 19:40

Héctor Zamora, b. 1974 Mexico City, Mexico. He lives in São Paulo, Brazil.

Héctor Zamora’s work is alive. It is animated by its surroundings, often by the actual air in which it exists. The use of air, or wind, as a material creates a direct interaction between the work and its site; a wind-powered piece is ultimately site-specific. Further, it forms a specific relationship between the viewer and the piece. He creates social interventions that manifest themselves as architecture or sculpture, as a collective action or an installation in public space. His projects are based on meticulous research into the history of a place and its inhabitants’ history, myths and desire.

In the Ladonia Biennial Héctor Zamora has been using the Ladonia embassy system and arranged it into an event: Flying Embassy Day.

Av Lars Vilks - 3 juli 2009 10:11

Hans-Peter Feldman (Born 1941 Dusseldorf, Germany) Lives and works in Dusseldorf. Conceptualist Feldmann earned an insider's reputation in Europe during the late 1960s and early 1970s for his understated play with books, photographs and found materials. Feldmann wants to undermine the myth of the artist as genius, and introduces everyday objects into his art. There are no originals in his work; his objects, books and magazines, photos and posters are unlimited, unsigned editions.


Hans-Peter Feldmann is a major figure in the conceptual art movement and a pre-eminent practitioner in the artist book and multiple formats. Feldmann's approach to art-making is one of collecting, ordering and re-presenting. Culling imagery from the swollen vernacular of amateur snapshots, print photographic reproductions, toys and trivial works of art, Feldmann reproduces and recontextualizes our reading of them in books, postcards, posters or multiples. These gestures create inventories documenting the ephemeral aspects and unattended moments that in the end make up our everyday existence.

 Hans-Peter Feldmann’s contribution to the biennial is a sculpture David goes to Ladonia. Picture here.
Av Lars Vilks - 1 juli 2009 17:19

Gilbert and George work together as a duo, Gilbert Proesch (born 17 September 1943) and George Passmore (born 8 January 1942). They have been collaborating since they met in 1967 at the St. Martin's School in London.  As students they adopted the form of  ”living sculptures” by walking through the streets and parks of London covered from head to toe in metallic make-up.  Later, they moved their performances to indoor exhibition spaces and began touring internationally.

From the outset, Gilbert & George wanted to collapse the distance between art and the artist.  Since "Living Sculptures", they have worked in a variety of media including books, film, and photo pieces which they also consider "sculpture" and, in doing so, have transcended the modernist tenets of performance and process art as well as conceptualism. Gilbert and George have exhibited widely throughout the world.

 In the biennial Gilbert and George perform Bend It (Stone Dancing in Ladonia)

Av Lars Vilks - 30 juni 2009 20:51

Anju Dodiya (b. 1964, India) studied her B.F.A  from the J.J.School of Art, Mumbai where she lives and work.

The self is at the center of Anju Dodiya's works. Though not solipsistic, the majority of her works give the viewer access to private moments, lifted from "the private discourse that goes on within oneself when one is alone". Dodiya initially resisted the lure of self-portraiture: Her early works were extremely abstract, and following her first show ("a fictional autobiography"), she tried to refocus her gaze on railway stations, roadside scenes, and so forth. Yet ultimately she found her original impulse of a painterly introspection was the strongest, and rechanneled her vision into describing situations from her life.

Dodiya describes her relationship with contemporary Western art as ambivalent. To her, the practice of conceptual art as seen in India seems more a response to international fashions than an authentic portrayal of the art process. Her own art remains rooted in the figurative, and her debts to the West are mostly to Giotto, Massacio, and other painters of the Italian Renaissance. As with those painters, all elements within her paintings are charged with an emotional value. "Often," she says, "I use furniture or, say, a curtain or a door to speak".


In the biennial Anju Dodiya has created a painting-installation from her work Forked (2005):


Forked in The Expanded Field (145 158), acrylic and fabric, picture HERE

Av Lars Vilks - 29 juni 2009 21:28

Lara Favaretto. Born in Treviso, Italy, in 1973, Favaretto studied at Academia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, and Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como. She works in photography, video and performance.

In her installations, performances, films, and photographic work, Favaretto creates situations and atmospheres that are in continuous metamorphosis, and that gain power in relation to the viewers' memories and experiences. Viewers are invited to participate in the process of creating meaning for, and stories about, the objects. Favaretto's improvisatory work invokes a magic realism, in which the unconscious and the dreamlike proliferate in positive and negative encounters with the real.


For the Ladonia Biennial Lara Favaretto is represented with the project Shortlist of Dead Memories: Bas Jan Ader, Ambrose Bierce, Bobby Fischer

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