Rossi & Rossi celebrate the participation of Rasheed Araeen, Lee Mingwei and David Medalla in the 57th International Art Exhibition, VIVA ARTE VIVA, curated by Christine Macel. The Exhibition is open to the public from 13 May to 26 November 2017.
The entrance hall of the Biennale’s main presentation at the Arsenale is dominated by Rasheed Araeen‘s Zero to Infinity in Venice (2016-17) an interactive, multicolored recreation of his 1968 minimalist design which challenges the idea that art is a fixed object created by a single person. Viewers are invited to rearrange the 100 parts of the evolving sculpture into new formations.
The second hall of the Arsenale reveals Lee Mingwei‘s expansive The Mending Project (2009–17) in which hundreds of spools of thread attached to the gallery walls are used to repair clothes brought in by viewers. Participants are asked to lend these mended objects for the duration of the exhibition, to be displayed still connected to threads on the walls of the gallery which gradually multiply to form a complex web.
The Arsenale’s focus on audience participation continues with David Medalla‘s A Stitch in Time (1968–2017), which invites people to sew a personal item that represents their experience onto a scroll-like fabric. The resulting embroidered cloth forms a collective portrait of time.
The garden of the Giardini’s central pavilion is the setting for Lee Mingwei‘s enigmatic and poetic performance, When Beauty Visits. The work involves an actor inviting a participant to sit in a chair, who is later presented a gift and prompted to open it ‘when beauty visits’.