15 March, 2007

Nordic Pavilion - Venice Biennale 2007

The Nordic Pavilion Exhibition in the Venice Biennale 2007
La Biennale di Venezia - 52nd Art Exhibition
June 10 - November 21, 2007

The Nordic Pavilion exhibition in 2007, under the title Welfare - Fare Well, is curated by Rene Block, the director of Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel (1998-2006) and internationally acclaimed artistic director of several international exhibitions and biennials.

The exhibition will include projects by Adel Abidin (Finland), Jacob Dahlgren (Sweden), Toril Goksøyr and Camilla Martens (Norway), Sirous Namazi (Sweden), and Maaria Wirkkala (Finland). Lars Ramberg (Norway) will produce a large scale outdoor project.

Adel Abidin was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1973. He has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad University and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. He has been living and working in Helsinki since 2001. Abidin works in diverse media, primarily in video, video installation and short film, focusing on issues such as cultural alienation and marginalisation.

Jacob Dahlgren was born in 1970 in Stockholm, Sweden, where he has been living and working after graduation from the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm. Dahlgren is a painter, sculptor and conceptual artist whose intellectually and visually entertaining sculptural works and installations are often built out of everyday objects to a certain space and surrounding.

Toril Goksøyr was born in 1970 in Alesund, Norway, Camilla Martens in 1969 in Oslo, Norway. They both live and work in Oslo after having studied at the National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo. They have been working collaboratively since 1997 in the construction of performance based projects with social implications. Drawing their inspiration from theatre, their projects often integrate staged situation integrating outside actors in predominantly socially interactive public spaces outside of museums and galleries.

Sirous Namazi was born in 1970 in Kerman, Iran. He came to Sweden already as a teenager and studied at the Malmö Art Academy. Currently he lives and works in Stockholm. Namazi works in diverse media, creating sculptural works that transfer typical everyday elements to contextual translations that reflect social issues in contemporary society. Considered in a new context they remind us of early constructivist paintings and reveal an essentially painterly attitude to sculpture.

Maaria Wirkkala was born in 1954 in Helsinki, where she lives and works. Her works range from object compositions to large-scale environmental art and installations. She also uses everyday objects she has found or that are otherwise important to her. Wirkkala is invited with a special project to the Aalto Pavilion, which now, after 45 years, will again be a venue for a Finnish artist. During last decades the pavilion, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956, has been used by Iceland, while this time it will be a satellite venue for the Nordic Pavilion.

Lars Ramberg was born in 1964 in, Oslo, Norway. He lives and works in Berlin after having completed the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Ramberg produces architectonic projects that function to intervene with a practiced public space with the intent to infer a political and social commentary.

Websites of the artists:
Adel Abidin: www.adelabidin.com
Jacob Dahlgren: www.jacobdahlgren.com
Sirous Namazi: www.sirousnamazi.com
Lars Ramberg: www.larsramberg.de
Maaria Wirkkala: www.maariawirkkala.com

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