One of Australia’s leading contemporary artisits, Fiona Hall AO, will represent Australia at the 56th Venice Biennale with Wrong Way Time, an installation that brings together hundreds of multi-part works from this renowned artist’s prolific practice.
“Wrong Way Time will be a rich, archaeological display that imagines and embodies some of the issues and fluctuations of our time” says curator Linda Michael. “Though Hall responds to the perilous state of the environment or shared anxieties about the future, her exhibition will be life-affirming, its own vitality in perverse distinction to the subjects it ranges across.”
The artist’s love of nature and with things ‘counter and strange’, coupled with an eye for the foibles of human nature, will underlie this multi-layered examination of three intersecting concerns: global politics, finances and the environment. In common with many of us, Hall sees in these failed states ‘a minefield of madness, badness, sadness, in equal measure’, stretching beyond the foreseeable future.
Wrong Way Time will be the first exhibition to be held in Australia’s new pavilion, designed by architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall. Describing the design concept, architect John Denton says, “Our idea is simply to create an object which sits confidently and powerfully within the historic Giardini landscape”.
Wrong Way Time
9 May – 22 November, 2015
Pavilion at Giardini
Artist: Fiona Hall
Curator: Linda Michael
– New Australian Pavilion by architects Denton Corker Marshall