Diario Residenza Artegiro Part 4, The 2019 Biennale by Mariko Hori

journ3Tue. 21. May. 2019
It was very long journey in the end but once you arrived in Venice, everything
was fine. Since only 2 hours left before closing, I visited the closest pavilions.
Portuguese, Bulgarian, Iran and Dominican. It wasn’t my favorite though, the
architecture of Portuguese pavilion was very atmospheric. And I like the
theme of this year.
IMG_9627Journ3Wed. 22. May. 2019
First, went to New Zealand pavilion as I like works of the artist Dane Michele.
Then arsenale, the works of Haris Epaminonda, my favorite artist since long
time who won the silver lion was simply amazing. As well as Gabriel Rico,
Apichatpong Weerasethakul. And nice discovery was Tarek Atoui, sound
installation with objects and organic technology. The performance of
Lithuanian pavilion was only on Saturday, but the empty beach was also nice
as an installation.
IMG_9713Journ3Thu. 23. May. 2019
It is my tradition to start from Spanish pavilion and it was a very good start. I
liked the way to install the soil at Dutch pavilion, very much in order like the
impression I got from the country. Finnish pavilion was interesting,
combination of organic creatures and nice video. I like nordic pavilion a lot as
an architecture and this year, exhibition was really fitting well together. The
work of Nabbteeri was very inspiring. Australian pavilion shows beautiful video
with a nice way of typing code and music. UK pavilion was about particles but
bit more ghost side. Japanese pavilion was a surprise, very similar sound
installation to my partner’s ( and his instruments are more beautiful ). Of
course concept is different and I liked the story and stones. I think I enjoyed
and stayed at French pavilion the most in the end. They always make very
nice seating place for the audience as a part of installations and this year was
like something from the palace Cheval. I always try not to stay too long for
video works in Biennial but I couldn’t move and wanted to watch again, with a feeling of being involved in the world of which the artist had created. I enjoyed Venice Biennial this year a lot, but the biggest evocation of feeling was the works of Jannis Kounellis at Fondazione Prada. It was stunning and really good with the atmosphere of the building.
IMG_9804Journ3Fri. 24. May. 2019
In the town, I came across a very beautiful printing artisan where they use 53 years old machine. As a gift, I bought a set of ‘ EXLIBRIS ‘ with a pattern of printing artisan. Then, it was just very easy and comfortable journey this time to Milan. I had an aperitif with a curator friend and enjoyed urban life after some time.
IMG_9809Journ3Sat. 25. May. 2019
Finally went to the Alps, even in France, with Michele and Silvia. At the
lake mont Cenis, since it was with less water, we could see some parts
of ancient village at the bottom. The color of the water was very special
kind of blue and of course I collected some stones in the same blue. I
love mountains in general but the Alps is really special. And this special
couple is extremely sweet. I really had a nice day.
IMG_9850Journ3Sun. 26. May. 2019
I feel very happy to be back in Conzano. In the end, living in the nature
is the most luxury. In the afternoon, I have visited Simona’s beautiful
garden with lots of different kind of roses, many herbs and fruits. I saw
trees of hazelnuts for the first time in my life. We had very nice wine and
amazing food which she made, the life is truly beautiful here and I will
suggest my partner to find a house in Conzano. ..
IMG_9869Journ3Mon. 27. May. 2019
Maybe because of the election, wifi is not really working since yesterday
and raining all the day, I was working inside. Simona told me that she
sensed something in Villa Vidua, I have been feeling the same, but Mr.
Vidua seems very interesting person, so I’m not scared. Mario and
Bona came to visit me to say bye in person with lovely presents. My
partner said that I have a talent for it, but I think it’s the people here.
Italians and Japanese have many things in common actually and one is
that we both are crazy for presents.



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