Siobhán Hapaska, Vita Vitale

The Azerbaijan Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

9 May – 22 November 2015

Venice Biennale exhibition

Siobhán Hapaska, A great miracle needs to happen there, 2011, mixed media

Siobhán Hapaska participates in 'Vita Vitale', a group exhibition curated by Artwise. It is one of two exhibitions held in the Azerbaijan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.


Commissioner: Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Baku, Azerbaijan

Created by: IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action)

Curators: Artwise: Susie Allen, Laura Culpan, Dea Vanagan

Participants: Edward Burtynsky, Mircea Cantor, Loris Cecchini, Gordon Cheung, Khalil Chishtee, Tony Cragg, Laura Ford, Noemie Goudal, Siobhán Hapaska, Paul Huxley, IDEA laboratory and Leyla Aliyeva, Chris Jordan with Rebecca Clark and Helena S.Eitel, Tania Kovats, Aida Mahmudova, Sayyora Muin, Jacco Olivier, Julian Opie, Julian Perry, Mike Perry, Bas Princen, Stephanie Quayle, Ugo Rondinone, Graham Stevens, Diana Thater, Andy Warhol, Bill Woodrow, Erwin Wurm, Rose Wylie

Venue: Ca’ Garzoni, San Marco 3416, 30124


Official opening: May 6th

"Vita Vitale examines the delicate balance of our planet’s ecosystem and the human impact on the natural world. It brings together contemporary artists from Austria, Canada, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Romania, Switzerland, UK, USA, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan — a presentation spanning the borders of language, cultural heritage, and geography — to raise awareness about our environment and the global transformation of the planet through human activity. Multimedia works and installations by international artists — including Mircea Cantor, Loris Cecchini, Tony Cragg, Jacco Olivier, Julian Opie, Graham Stevens, Diana Thater, and Andy Warhol — the IDEA Laboratory, a site for developing imaginative solutions for future life, and the accompanying salon programme draw links between cutting-edge research in science and art, powerfully demonstrating how technological progress has resulted in a natural world beset by deforestation, burning fossil fuels, and ocean pollution. The exhibition motivates us to reflect on our own integral roles in both the disruption and preservation of the ecology, asking us to confront the potential dangers of ignoring the messages that their works convey, while simultaneously suggesting creative tools and ideas for securing ‘all the world’s futures'."

- Emin Mammadov, Artistic Advisor of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation

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