Female Artists Account for Half of Venice Biennale 2019 Participants

 July 20, 2019

Representing Iceland is the immersive installation Chromo Sapiens from Hrafnhildur Árnadóttir, which has attracted much attention. [China Women's News]


Half of the artists participating in the 58th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2019 are women, marking the first time in the 100 years of history of the event with equal number of men and women artists.

The biennale, which runs from May 11 to November 24, has seen many artworks created by women as well as women curators.

The theme of the exhibition is May You Live in Interesting Times derived from an ancient Chinese curse about times of uncertainty, crisis and turmoil, which has been euphemistically translated into "interesting times."

The exhibition includes 79 groups of artists from 38 countries around the world, and features 90 national pavilions at the Giardini, Arsenale and elsewhere.

With the combination of art and technology, the exhibition explores the social issues of the times, including racial discrimination, gender bias, war refugees and global warming.

In the art world which has been dominated by men for a long time, the increasing number of women participants at art events like the Venice Biennale has changed the deep-rooted gender biases like "women are not good at art."

Chinese artist Yin Xiuzhen exhibits her work Trojan using steel frame and used clothes to show a passenger curling over a seat in the emergency landing position. The sculpture is open in the back, allowing visitors to step inside the space. [China Women's News]


Chinese female artist Nabuqi presents her artwork Do Real Things Happen in Moments of Rationality? The artist aims to explore the relationships between body, entity and space, encouraging audiences to consider which elements we might perceive as reality. [China Women's News]


An artist at the French Pavilion is Laure Prouvost with her project Deep See Blue Surrounding You. [China Women's News]


(Source: China Women's News/ Translated and edited by Women of China)


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