The 60th edition of the Venice Biennale has opened

Venice Biennale 2024 /Photo: EPA-EFE/Andrea Merola

The 60th edition of the Venice Biennale, which will last until November 24, was opened at an official ceremony in Venice today. The theme of this year's biennale is "Strangers Everywhere".

The "Golden Lion" awards were also traditionally awarded at the ceremony. The statuette for the best national pavilion was awarded to Australia. The award for the best presentation at the international exhibition went to Mataaho Collective from New Zealand. "Silver Lion" for a promising young artist participating in the biennale went to Karima Ashadou from Great Britain.

The 60th edition of the Venice Biennale, which will last until November 24, was opened at an official ceremony in Venice today. The theme of this year's biennale is "Strangers Everywhere". In Venice c

Golden Lion awards for overall contribution were presented to artists Anna Maria Maiolino and Neil Yalter. They are "women pioneers in the arts who are also migrants and in many ways embody the spirit of the motto Strangers Everywhere", say the organizers. Anna Maria Maiolino was born in Italy in 1942 but settled in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Neel Yalter is a Turkish woman, born in the Egyptian capital Cairo in 1938, and today she lives and works in Paris.

88 countries are participating in the Biennale in Venice this year. The focus of this year's edition is on the themes of migration, exile and "foreign origins". The central theme is "Strangers Everywhere".

The Macedonian pavilion at the Venice Biennale was opened

In Venice, the Macedonian pavilion was opened yesterday, in which Slavica Janeshlieva's multilayered and transmedia project "INTER SPEM ET METUM" ("Between hope and fear") and the National Gallery of North Macedonia as the official representative of the country at the world cultural manifestation Venice was opened. biennial 2024.

The project is exhibited in the Scuola dei Laneri building. The pavilion is open to the general public every day, except Monday, from 11 a.m. to 19 p.m.

– Once again, our cultural wealth is stationed at the world cultural manifestation Venice Biennale. Slavica Janashlieva's work in the context of the year's theme "Strangers Everywhere", entitled "Between Hope and Fear" / "Inter Spem et Metum" deals with the aspect of the stranger, of the "other", seen through many layered levels of anticipation of the context , said the commissioner of the project Dita Starova Qerimi.

The project was curated by Anna Frangovska, curatorial advisor at the National Gallery, and is supported by the Ministry of Culture.

According to Starova Qerimi, the work has already attracted the attention of domestic and international media such as Art News, E-flux, It's Liquid, Art Review, and interviews with the author with foreign and local media journalists have also been announced. Such interest, as he states, further confirms that our country has artists who are worth fighting for, to be supported.

Curator Frangovska says that the transmedia and transnarrative project "INTER SPEM ET METUM" by Slavica Janeshlieva is a visually cleaned and conceptually planned spatial installation, which in a rather sensitive and imaginative way throws us into the waste of civilization.

The Venice Art Biennale will take place from April 20 to November 24, 2024.

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