The Bahamas Pavilion “Polar Eclipse” installation by Tavares Strachan, who surrounds us with documentation of a re-enactment of a historic narrative: the 1909 polar expedition of Robert Peary and Matthew Alexander Henson.
Marcello Maloberti” installation La Voglia Matta” (above) – spare a thought for the performers who sit/stand on a lump of marble for hours on end…art…
“The Dry Salvages” by Elisabetta Benassi – 10,000 bricks made from clay taken from areas of the 1951 Polsine flood that are imprinted with the names and alphanumeric cataloguing codes of the largest pieces of space debris still in orbit around the earth…
Krišs Salmanis – Salmanis’s singled out tree serves as a trace of the opposite, of the desperate struggle of a very small and economically troubled country, fatigued by massive unemployment rates and an emigration of its workforce. The removal of one tree hints at the immense removal of whole forests in Latvia, where the regular patches of wood felling sites disfigure and deform the rural landscape. (from official press release)
Kaspars Podnieks – “Rommel’s Dairy” – Podnieks’s photographs might suggest the notorious Victorian post-mortem portraits where the recently deceased were carefully propped up in order to capture their presence amidst the living one last time. Postures of these figures often appear unnatural, not unlike the ones in Podnieks’s photographs, after all it is highly unnatural (and physically uncomfortable) for people to find themselves balancing on a tiny platform more than five meters above the ground for their picture to be taken. Rather the somehow unnatural and restrained pose is determined by the setup, leaving little room for self-expression of poses. This extraordinary bodily experience leads to an altered state of consciousness and a certain tension reflected in the faces and bodies of the farmers, an air of intensified concentration that contributes to the overall uncanny effect of the photographs. (from official press release)
…from far away these hovering figures look like photographic portraits but as you get closer you notice blinking eyes, flecks of falling snow…i found it all to be a wee bit magical…(the noise comes from the neighbouring mechanism of Salmanis’s swinging tree)
In Andrha Pradesh again running creative labs for children & young people since 2009, click on image for more...
recent project: UNIDEE 2013
MVP is the collaborating artist on staff for UNIDEE international artists residency programme in Biella, northern Italy. Helping to develop residents art projects' and authoring the official blog for UNIDEE 2013: click on photo for more
MVP COLOMBIAN PROJECT
MVP was in Medellin, Colombia in Aug/Sept 2011 co-running a video work for teenage girls in the district of Moravia
MVP REQUESTED PORTRAITS WEB SITE, CLICK ON IMAGE
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a work by mvp screened in the solar pavilion, st andrews square gdns, edinburgh, evening of 3rd sept, 2011
project: mvp was part of editorial team for the “methods processes of change workshop” in Biella