Artists Anthony Moman and Hemi Bawa around the Venice Biennale

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Lost in art at the Venice Biennale

I was delighted to welcome artist Hemi Bawa who flew in from India to see my sculptures in Personal Structures,hosted by the European Cultural Centre during the Venice Biennale.

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Anthony Moman and Hemi Bawa in front of Dolk’s staple wall sculpture

We had a great time visiting the many exhibits in Palazzo Mora and discovered a recurring theme with my syringe sculptures, acupuncture needles and staples from Dolk. Curators take note.

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Ethereal dress sculpture

Later on we visited Glasstress and saw some ethereal glass work and then we went on to the Arsenale.

At this stage I was probably suffering from art fatigue, if that is possible for an artist.

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Impressed by the sheer scale of The Horse Problem

I enjoyed the Argentina Pavilion with The Horse Problem – surely one of the most reposted images from the Biennale.
I appreciated the symbolism of folk masks but the masks continued on and on and on and I was relieved to see something quite different in the striking imagery of Food for Thought by Maha Malluh from Saudi Arabia made from audio tapes in bread baking trays.

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Loved the imagery of Food for Thought

The Italian pavilion left me feeling a sense of dread and not the Magic World I had hoped for. I left the Arsenale without going to the Giardini as I empathised with Lani Maestro’s neon words No Pain Like This Body.

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No Pain Like This Body summed up how I felt

I had seen a lot of art and yes, call me biased but I still thought that the best exhibition in town during the Venice Biennale is Personal Structures.

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In front of my sculptures

Personal Structures Group Exhibition is on until November 27th and is free entry, open every day except Tuesdays from 10 am – 6pm

http://www.europeanculturalcentre.eu/index.php?page=15&lang=en

Anthony Moman Passage to Venice Syringe Sculptures – Personal Structures Venice 2017

I guess my  interest in skulls and syringes can be traced back to my childhood where family dinner conversations usually centred around my father’s daily experiences as a family practitioner.  From the tender age of three I was aware of life, death and something vague in between.

I like to transform ugly, unloved materials into attractive and alluring objects without any structural interference.

Syringes are very symbolic, invoking a host of different emotional reactions, mostly negative. They can, however, alleviate pain, cure and protect against life threatening diseases and change the way we look and feel about ourselves. Our very existence can depend on one syringe and they deserve our respect and their place in the history of humanity.

I was invited to participate in the group exhibition Personal Structures hosted by the European Cultural Centre and organised by the GAA Foundation.

I was drawn to the exhibition’s title  “PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders” which shows the commonness and differences between Europeans in dialogue with works of non-Europeans. In addition, the exhibition stimulates a more conscious relationship from the spectator towards his daily surrounding aiming to increase the awareness of their own personal Existence as human beings influenced by a specific Culture within Time and Space.

Here in pictures is the passage to Venice.

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Syringes
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Weapon of choice for sticking down syringes
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Suffering for my art
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Unfinished but required for the catalogue for Personal Structures
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Packed up and waiting for the 300 km journey – van, boat and crane
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Special delivery Venice style
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Blank walls in Palazzo Mora
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To Be One syringe sculpture by Anthony Moman just hung
EXHIBITION TITLE PERSONAL STRUCTURES – open borders
VENUES Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Giardini Marinaressa
LOCATION Venice, Italy
PROMOTER GAA Foundation
HOST European Cultural Centre
ORGANISERS   Valeria Romagnini, Lucia Pedrana, Sara Danieli, Alesia Varnaeva, Bianca Bonaldi, Elena Volpato, Alessandra Valle, Anaïs Hammoud
OPENING PERIOD 13 May – 26 November 2017 (preview 11-12 May 2017)
WEBSITES http://anthonymoman.com/news/

www.gaafoundation.org  www.europeanculturalcentre.eu

We’re Only Human. Personal Structures Open Borders Exhibition Venice 2017

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PERSONAL STRUCTURES – OPEN BORDERS Group Exhibition
during the Venice Biennale 2017

Amongst the 200 participating artists : MARINA ABRAMOVIC, JEFF KOONS, GUNTHER UECKER, JULIAN OPIE, LAWRENCE WEINER, FRANCOIS MORELLET,ARNULF RAINER, YOKO ONO, JOSEPH KOSUTH, DOLK, AND ANTHONY MOMAN.

Hosted by The European Cultural Centre and curated by the GAA Foundation.
May 13 – November 26 2017,
Palazzo Mora, Strada Nuova 3659, 30121  Venice
(Preview 11 – 12 May at 18.00 – 22.00)
Open 10:00 – 18:00, closed on Tuesdays.
Free Entry